RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- Former Durham District Attorney Tracey Cline is asking the state to pay for her appeal of a judge's order removing her from office.

The News & Observer of Raleigh reported that attorneys for Cline have filed papers in court saying she can no longer afford to pay them to represent her during her appeal.

Cline was removed from office in March after a judge determined that the challenges she filed against Durham's senior judge were false and malicious.

Superior Court Judge Robert Hobgood has asked for advice from the state courts system on Cline's request.

The director of the courts system, former Judge John Smith, says there is nothing in state law authorizing public funds for non-criminal cases. Cline's removal was a civil case.
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