Controversial DAs featured in new Durham courthouse

The new Durham County courthouse complex
February 4, 2013 2:55:12 PM PST
The opening of the brand new Durham County courthouse complex is just days away, but it was a photo mural in the lobby that attracted the attention of reporters on a media tour Monday morning.

The massive 11-story Durham County Justice Center at 510 South Dillard Street includes 20 courtrooms and a five-level parking deck, designed with 897 spaces. It will officially open February 11 - with a public dedication scheduled for March.

We're told a committee came up with a historical photo array that decorates the lobby. The photo array forms a larger picture of the old Durham County courthouse in 1920. The committee selected the photos and the design was randomly generated.

Prominently featured in the design are photos of ousted district attorneys Mike Nifong and Tracey Cline.

Nifong was removed from office and disbarred due to court findings concerning his conduct in the 2006 Duke University lacrosse case

More recently, District Attorney Tracey Cline was removed from office after publically feuding with a judge and accusing him of corruption in court filings.

The new courthouse will be home to the Durham County Sheriff's Office, Clerk of Courts, District and Superior Courts, Public Defender's Office, District Attorney's Office, and Trial Court Administration.

Representatives from Community Corrections, Criminal Justice Resource Center, and Juvenile Justice and offices for community agencies will also be located in the building.

Total cost of the project was nearly $120 million.

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