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  • clintoflannagan May 18, 2012

    While it is true that the first rule of contracts is to read anything before you sign it, the reason that rule is in place in a normal transaction is that one person should not trust the other person to make sure the contract is correct.

    In this situation, Judge Ruth has ever right to trust Crouch and assume that Crouch was handing her documents that were legitimate. If Judges had to read everything, word for word, that lawyers put in front of them the entire Court system would shut down. Judges sign lenthy documents prepared by lawyers, without reading them, all the time. Because of the sheer volume of cases, this is particularly true in Criminal District Court. And 99.99999% of the time everything is ok because Judges know which lawyers they can trust and which ones they can't trust.

    If what Ruth is saing is true, Crouch really duped her and violated her trust. If it is true, Crouch probably has some pretty serious problems with the Bar, and may face criminal charges.

  • Dime High May 18, 2012

    Exactly jjsmith she and most are what is called "In cahoots" she was bought essentially! She had relations of some sort generally and somehow that outweighed what or who was the case about. This type of practice is somehow legal in wake county and probably many other places as well. I am just elated that they got her and hope somehow there is more than just resignation as a consequence for her and whomever else they find practicing law this way. PAY ATTENTION JUDGES to the whole case and see through who's in front of you and obviously READ the case!

  • jjsmith1973 May 18, 2012

    I have seen a lot of both. People getting off on things they shouldn't or pleaing or sentence very lightly. Then I have seen after that a person found guilty of something they shouldn't and sentence heavily. I have also watched a non violent crime get six months in jail for something that harmed no one but themselves. Then a domestic violence or child abuse case, armed robbery get probation, community service, or suspended sentence. It seems totally backwards and sad.

  • judithfergerson May 18, 2012

    Ruth said this""is necessary to maintain the integrity of the judicial system." Sorry but people have already lost faith in the judicial system since it has collaborated so many plea deals and under the table deals so all of them could pad their pockets with pay off monies from politicians and the rich.

  • superman May 18, 2012

    She should have resigned years ago and never should have been allowed a law license. How can a judge sign papers without readig them? The next step is for the state bar to take her license.

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  • Duke _Nukem May 18, 2012

    YES!!!!!! I can't tell you how many times she would let defendants off on charges when the Officers and DA's proved their guilt.

  • jjsmith1973 May 18, 2012

    Also, I think judges have to much power here. People are afraid to question a judge in this area because they are hard accountable to law or the constitution. My father is an officer in my home state, best friends dad is a lawyer there and another friends father is a judge. I had a lot of respect for the law and judicial system. Until I had a friend in this state get railroaded by everyone including his own attorney. Who took his money and ran didn't even to the bare minimum for a defense. Then sitting with him in court watching what was going on. I just couldn't believe what i was witnessing. It was a joke. The system failed him from the officer, to the judge. Seemed they lost all the evidence to clear him. Video and an incorrect police report but didn't matter judge didn't want to even hear the defense. It was a real let down. Especially grown up around a judicial system I believed in and a constitution I fought for. It is a slap in the face kind of.

  • ladyblue May 18, 2012

    When will public official like this be held accountable for their wrong doings like this?!?!

    LOL i say NEVER since it's them who help put the rules in place. no politician is coming out with a bill to lock themselves up or even fire crooked politicans in this country i think. it has to get pretty horrific for them to get them kicked out.

  • jjsmith1973 May 18, 2012

    Comfortably numb I wished they did but district court doesn't allow you to video in the courtroom and I looked around, seems to be no video recording done by the court itself. Unless I am unaware of recording. I was blind to how bad and unfair the system is here until seeing it myself. I honestly thought it was more organized and conducted with more professionalism. It really change my opinion of the judicial system and what I thought of it and has shaken my belief in it. I honestly wonder how fair the system is all around now.

  • vjayd May 18, 2012

    "I must admit that, because I trusted Mr. Crouch, I did not read the orders when they were presented to me," Ruth said. Had I read the orders, I would not have signed them."

    A judge signs an oath to be fair, unabiased and impartial. She had a duty to treat Couch and everyone else at arms length (and to read the orders she signed). Her explanation flys against the canons of that oath.

  • krankyroo May 18, 2012

    iprep4life, I'm not saying to not hold her accountable by any means. I'm just glad she is out of the courtroom. She should answer to all her corruption. I certainly did not mean that I didn't want her held accountable. I hope the investigation is continuing...

  • wat63 May 18, 2012

    "Another Democrat politician on her way to prison for being crooked."

    Maybe she can take Thom Tillis and his staff with her.

  • com_mon_sents May 18, 2012

    When will public official like this be held accountable for their wrong doings like this?!?!

  • fatchanceson May 18, 2012

    I am SO glad to see this! After having witnessed some of this behavior first hand (as a former employee that frequented the family courtroom), I feel it best that she resigned.krankyroo

    Why let her off that easy? Why not hold her accountable....

  • ConservativeVoter May 18, 2012

    Another Democrat politician on her way to prison for being crooked.

  • krankyroo May 18, 2012

    I am SO glad to see this! After having witnessed some of this behavior first hand (as a former employee that frequented the family courtroom), I feel it best that she resigned. Those were not the only orders she failed to read. There were also many orders in family court that she failed to read. It is just crazy that it has taken this long for the corruption to make it to the surface. I would still like to see her investigated for her actions in the family courtroom. Before anyone assumes that I was a party that was "wronged" in that courtroom, I will remind you that I was an employee that frequented that courtroom and saw her engaged in her questionable practices. This is a good step in cleaning out some of the corruption in the Wake County Courthouse.

  • Uhavenoclu May 18, 2012

    Have any of y'all noticed how many of these reagonomic,egotistical,high profile Good poular successful Cary dwelling people have gone down in shame lately,..hmmmmm how did they get to where they are??????????????

  • SmokeWagon May 18, 2012

    ..."I did not read the orders when they were presented to me," Ruth said. Had I read the orders, I would not have signed them...."

    Dang....ANOTHER liberal entitlement democrat trained to by Nancy Pelosi....!!!!!!

  • imtiredofit May 18, 2012

    "I must admit that, because I trusted Mr. Crouch, I did not read the orders when they were presented to me," Ruth said. Had I read the orders, I would not have signed them."
    If her statement is true then it looks like the judge didn't follow the rules that all judges tell people in the court when they go to court- DO NOT SIGN ANYTHING UNTIL YOU READ IT.

  • ladyblue May 18, 2012

    Ruth said she has cooperated fully with the investigation and """acknowledged that she signed numerous orders for Crouch that should not have been signed.""""

    Gotcha.. you should not be allowed any thing dealing with justice and court system again..... you KNEW BETTER and still did said this out of your own mouth so it's not rumors or someones guessing or blaming others......

  • macy May 18, 2012

    Gessner is not corrupt Jack. Don't know about Sasser.

  • EvanRude May 18, 2012

    I can be an auto-pilot judge too and accept a lawyer's word on what I am signing. When can I start? Will I be vested in the state retirement system after 5 years?

  • dogphartlives May 18, 2012

    Typical Liberal, Blame someone else! Did this lady NOT understand that it was her DUTY to read the motions presented to her by that attorney?

  • Comfortably Numb May 18, 2012

    Growimg up, I had respect for all authority. At 48 I take nothing off of anyone in authority if I think they are not showing me mutual respect.

  • Comfortably Numb May 18, 2012

    It's a shame that someone is not videoing what you are wittnessing.

  • Comfortably Numb May 18, 2012

    muggs, I agree. Is there not one left that is honorable in any office, committee, etc...???

  • Comfortably Numb May 18, 2012

    Look guys, (I am female) you need to always have an attorney. I know that it cost but in the end you get laid down anyway. The system is so unfair.

  • timothypenny May 18, 2012

    Another one "bites the dust". Where will it all end?

  • Comfortably Numb May 18, 2012

    Dadof4girls, unless the laws have changed, no judge can just waive arrearages or amounts owed. Good luck. INVESTIGATE IT.

  • jjsmith1973 May 18, 2012

    No suprise. Last week I saw judge Fullwood fall asleep while hearing a case and no one had the guts to say anything about it. Just a long awkward silence when everyone realized it. Then the ADA leaving the court remove entirely for minutes on end while cases being heard and defense pleaing reduced sentence with no representative of the state because she would just walk out of the court room. Also the judge leaving the bench and the courtroom for more than 20 minutes at a time not putting the court in recess. That was just one day. I have been in another county where the judge recessed until 2 but never came back or notified anyone. So people just had to wait until 5. I'm putting together a report of the corruption within the system in the state. It is unreal the violations commuted by thee people set forth to enforce them.

  • fatchanceimwrong May 18, 2012

    Clarification "she let me have it" in terms of giving me a piece of her mind.

  • fatchanceimwrong May 18, 2012

    I had a separation agreement with my ex and Judge Ruth totally disregarded it and gave my ex what she wanted even though it went against what we had agreed on. When I objected she let me have it.

  • casp3r May 18, 2012


    I wish you the best, I hope you get everything you are owed and more... this is sickening.

  • casp3r May 18, 2012

    I don't even care if they are r's or d's....

    Get rid of every single one that does anything wrong.... all the way to the top :(

  • casp3r May 18, 2012

    Can we not just fire everyone and start all over?

    Do they all suck? Is there anyone worth a darn?

  • Wendellcatlover May 18, 2012

    "I must admit that, because I trusted Mr. Crouch, I did not read the orders when they were presented to me," Ruth said. Had I read the orders, I would not have signed them."

    I must be in the twilight zone...I'm utterly speechless.

  • Dadof4girls May 18, 2012

    She absolutely screwed me in a child support case. I was owed 12,000.00 and when my ex cried she waved the money. I wonder how often she did that the other way. She can expect a law suit from me and probably hundreds others.

  • bigal02282 May 18, 2012

    Will there EVER be a story where jorks don't turn it into a political debate?

  • americaneel May 18, 2012

    deputydog1296...Look into their lives? Exactly how do you do that?

  • jeffingarner May 18, 2012

    They should look at that sweetheart deal she gave a Raleigh Police Offices last June. A blood alcohol double the impaired level and speeding over 17 miles above the speed limit. He got a minimal sentence for the DWI (Chief Dolan is he back at work??) and had the speeding charge DROPPED! AND, the DA's office knew he was a rogue cop!

  • Dime High May 18, 2012

    I knew she was crooked 10 years ago!!! HAHA and now maybe there can be some clean-up in the courthouse! HOORAH Mr Willoughby THANK YOU sooooo much!

  • jamzwilkins May 18, 2012

    Um...she's not affilated with R.

  • bubbba May 18, 2012

    No legal eagle here, but if she admits to breaking the law, should charges and coviction not follow? Or is she just another member of the good-ole boys network with a pretty face and skirt.

  • Tcheuchter May 18, 2012

    Perhaps she was too trusting.......still she is doing the decent thing and resigning.

  • frazee May 18, 2012

    Now if all the rest of the corrupt officials would do the same.

  • chd1127 May 18, 2012

    How did a flight attendant get to be a judge anyway?? If you ever sat in her court for a child support case, you knew that justice was based on what mood she was in. Heaven help the person due up after someone who had made her mad. Kore that once I was accused of not earning enough to satisfy her, so she issued child support based on what SHE thought I should be making. After getting laid off and asking to have my amount modified, her ruling was basically,"sucks to be you" and actually increased my child support. No matter what the legal argument was, her attitude was "mothers are right, fathers are dogs." Good riddance.

  • Comfortably Numb May 18, 2012

    Not reading but signing, maybe, but what about unauthorized scheduling? Guilty that's hwy she's getting out fast.

  • NiceNSmooth May 18, 2012

    Judge Ruth and Judge Sasser are very GOOD Judges. NOBODY is perfect. Those who think otherwise need to look into their lives.

    Judge Ruth is great and this is a great loss to family court... I overheard an attorney tell his client oh today is your lucky day Judge Ruth is not here.

  • rhess2 May 18, 2012

    Judge Kristin Ruth needed to resign. Her admission that she signed and didn't read the orders presented to her by Attorney James Crouch makes Ruth not fit to serve the citizens of Wake Co. It makes one wonder what exactly her relationship was with Crouch. It is difficult for me to belive that a sitting Judge for 13+ years would not read orders she signed for one particular individual.

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