Sunday, September 16, 2012
The disciplinary case against former Durham County DA Tracey Cline has been stayed pending the outcome of appeals from the order removing her from office.
The Disciplinary Hearing Panel concluded that the collateral estoppel effect of the decision on appeal would affect the proper disposition of the bar proceeding.
The State Bar had opposed the stay, arguing that the judgment of removal was entitled to collateral estoppel effect "unless and until" reversed on appeal: "It is important that defendant be subjected to the disciplinary process in a timely fashion in order to protect the interests of the public." (Mike Frisch)