Cline asks for hearing delay

Durham DA Tracey Cline

February 10, 2012 11:35:17 AM PST
Suspended Durham County District Attorney Tracey Cline filed a motion Friday to delay a hearing on whether she should keep her job.

Cline cited her inability to find a lawyer to represent her at the hearing scheduled for Monday before Franklin County Judge Robert Hobgood.

Cline said she's recently had medical issues and has struggled to find an attorney who does not have a conflict of interest and is geographically suited to represent her.

Cline is fighting to keep her job after Hobgood suspended her pending the outcome of the hearing. The move came after Durham lawyer Kerry Sutton petitioned over an ongoing feud between Cline and Superior Court Judge Orlando Hudson, which Sutton said is undermining the integrity of the court.

North Carolina law says the hearing has to take place no less than 10 days and no more than 30 days after notice is provided to the district attorney.

Monday's hearing was set for 14 days after the date of service, meaning Hobgood could postpone it and stay within the letter of the law.

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