BETH VELLIQUETTE - The Herald-Sun - January 12, 2012
DURHAM – A lawsuit filed against Tracey Cline by a man she once prosecuted should be dismissed because the lawsuit is too long, repetitive and includes a large number of implicit assumptions and false premises, according to a motion to strike filed Wednesday in Durham County Civil Superior Court.
The lawsuit filed in September 2011 by Frankie Delano Washington and Frankie Delano Washington, Jr., complained that Cline, Durham police investigators and supervisors, the Durham city manager, the City of Durham and the State of North Carolina, framed him for a 2002 home invasion. Washington was convicted of the violent home invasion in 2007, but the N.C. Court of Appeals overturned the conviction, saying authorities had violated his right to a speedy trial and faulting prosecutors for failure to conduct timely DNA testing on evidence they collected.
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State claims lawsuit against Cline should be dismissed