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jackcdneh1017 Jul 31, 2:56 p.m.
Gotta love the outpouring of support for Judge Ruth. It speaks volumes about ordinary citizens understanding of American jurisprudence. The problem in our courts today is exactly what this episode illustrates. With enough money and important connections, you can escape justice and if you do not hire the right attorney with those important connections, you will get burnt by the courts. Judge Ruth is properly vilified for "trusting" her friend, Crouch. How many times has she sided with one of her friends in family court, overlooking real evidence, and judging based on her "trust" in some other lawyer. Her associate, Judge Debra Sasser is well known to support her lawyer friends in family court this way too. Judge Stephens shows his complicity in this way of jurisprudence too, when he publicly supports and mourns the demise of his friend Kristen Ruth. Folks, please acknowledge that you cannot trust any of the judges in Wake County when this kind of thing is so commonplace.
freeadvice Jul 31, 2:36 p.m.
Some people let their "positions" go to their heads. People seem to just be sorry they get caught. . .not that what they did was wrong to start with.
duster 340 Jul 31, 2:33 p.m.
I see some people take her side but note She plead guilty!!!!
newtonatlaw1 Jul 31, 2:20 p.m.
I have practiced law in the Wake County courthouse since Judge Ruth took office.My experience is that she is one of the finest individuals I have had the privilege to work with. She is warm, caring and generous with her time for citizens in the busy district courtroom day. Many will gleefully disparage our justice system and all lawyers for this incident; I remind you Lawyers are humans too, and honesty and integrity in the face of error (even when admitting our own failings and weaknesses) are what sets us apart. Judge Ruth's acceptance of responsibility, truthfulness in court and print against her own interests, and willingness to put the integrity of the court ahead of her aspirations are the only relevant evidence of the integrity of this fine woman. I am extremely proud to be Judge Ruth's colleague and Campbell family. Losing her degrades us all in seeking justice for citizens, particularly in hard and deserving cases. Deborrah L. Newton
samr Jul 31, 1:19 p.m.
That she signed what was placed in front of her by a trusted attorney in no way diminishes her integrity, which is far above all reproach. tmcenally
We are taught from early on that you NEVER sign something unless you know what you are signing. If she is that trusting and signs things without knowing what it was, she isn't qualified to be on the bench no matter how good of a job Stephens feels she did. We are still recovering from an economy decimated by fallout from mortgages that were signed by borrowers who either didn't pay attention to, didn't understand and/or trusted the persons presenting them.
YippiYiyoKiYay Jul 31, 12:38 p.m.
Stephens also lamented her departure, saying the court lost a good judge............A GOOD JUDGE!..WHAT? How about an INCOMPETENT judge, or a CROOKED judge, or a STUPID judge. And who knows, maybe she was just in love and never thought her man would use her like that. But she was surely NOT a good judge. Would be interesting if someone looked back to see if any of these offenders murdered someone with their cars while driving drunk after the fact. Then that would make your "Good Judge" an accessory, along with the other crooks in this little scheme wouldn't it?
satman1 Jul 31, 11:58 a.m.
I for one will not miss her smugness.
Dadof4girls Jul 31, 11:47 a.m.
@tmcenally ... you are either a family member, benefited from one of these cases or was awarded unfair amounts of money in your divorce court from this woman who was very opinionated and ALWAYS one sided. Never fair! Not that she sided with the man or woman but she definitely made up her mind before hearing any testimony.
Does anyone want to sue her for the financial damages and for the stress and heartache she caused? I am in!
jimcool59 Jul 31, 11:28 a.m.
Well! Who was the judge on this one? Why did it take 2 hours to try a flipping mistermeaner? Because it was a judge!? I want to personally thank her for my case that got tossed. I want to personally thank the prosecutor who turned his blind eye that morning and allowed my case to be burried in paper. I waited for over two years and spent a lot for that one day,My laywer made a bundle and did nothing but look at her and nod it away.No wink of the eye. Just a sincere nod of the usual.It was a great day!So thank you judge for allowing me to terrorize our world in a drunken and driving fashion and continue to have a license to commite it. And I want to thank this judge for letting her be tried as a mistermeanor and not the felon we all else would be. Yes life is a vessel for sea going snitches is what we are bought and made of. And our new judge of now is a proud part of it!Thank you! JUDGE! If not for you and you I would not be enjoying my leagl ride I so enjoy tonight. God! I love you!
tmcenally Jul 31, 11:23 a.m.
Kristin Ruth was/is an excellent jurist, a fine atttorney, and a warm and genuine person. That she signed what was placed in front of her by a trusted attorney in no way diminishes her integrity, which is far above all reproach. Her only "crime" is that she dared believe that everyone would follow her own sterling example. I support and defend her unequivocally, as do all who know her.
wa4mjf Jul 31, 10:54 a.m.
Since the purpose of these orders is to correct errors, and errors were made, DA oughta go and draft new orders starting the revocation time from now until the correct amount of time has passed for the revocations. That way the drunks that gamed the system won't come out ahead while the others are punished. They had to know that something was amiss in their punishment.
Rebelyell55 Jul 31, 10:41 a.m.
This is just more evidences of the break down of our goverment, not matter which branch of goverment it is or if it's local, state or Federal. Look to the south of our boarders, and you'll see what our future will look like if this type of activity is not put to stop with some serious reprecussion for those caught abusing their office. This also why laws dealing with elected officals caught in corruption is so lacks with little consequence to their actions and our law makers hesitation to pass new laws or put teeth into existing laws. Wouldn't surprise me to see both of them back practicing law with licenses in about two years or less. That what happen to those lawyers in Smithfield. Already back at work.
duster 340 Jul 31, 10:30 a.m.
When a lawyer tell you for $500 I take care of your ticket everything will be OK who do you think got part of the $500?
hpr641 Jul 31, 10:07 a.m.
I wonder ... is it fairly common for judges to just trust attorneys ex parte and sign orders without verifying the claims within, or was that most likely unique to this case ... I hope the latter?
Whatever the case, I encourage Republicans, Democrats, Libertarians, Independents, and all others to not just vote for whatever judges that the State Parties "suggest," but to really look into which ones you truly want to have in OUR courthouses. At some point, nearly all of us will be in a position where we have to deal with them personally (think traffic court, divorce court, civil court, jury duty, etc.).
Mitch Jul 31, 9:55 a.m.
What a disgusting railroading of an outstanding Judge and a wonderful human being. This will have a chilling effect on those who seek a seat on the bench to improve this community.
masontom56 Jul 31, 9:53 a.m.
This seems to be a common way for Judges to make a little pocket money. Remember Judge Brown in Durham a few years ago did the same thing an pretty much claimed he too was mislead !
bubbba Jul 31, 9:50 a.m.
Honeybears41 I agree with your post. Judge Ruth still has my respect, and yes, she will always be in my prayers. I had the honor to meet Judge Ruth. She is a true professional.
A true professional would not have made the mistakes she made.
A true criminal, yes. She has papers now.
sctech Jul 31, 9:30 a.m.
Ninety percent of the readers here posting have obviously not read the story. Kinda what the judge is charged with huh?
WolfLarsen Jul 31, 9:24 a.m.
Ignorance is not an excuse for breaking the law. To say she trusted someone else and was mislead... Try using that excuse the next time you get into trouble with the law. She knew what she was doing and knew it was wrong. Peolpe with good intentions get in troulbe with the law all the time, they still have to pay the price of that mistake... so should she, her license to practive law should be taken away as well, but that won't happen.
madcoat1 Jul 31, 9:23 a.m.
Judge Ruth..I worked with you and I have always appreciated the way you handled your courtroom. You still have my respect and my prayers. --honeybears41
Honeybears41 I agree with your post. Judge Ruth still has my respect, and yes, she will always be in my prayers. I had the honor to meet Judge Ruth. She is a true professional.
dollibug Jul 31, 9:22 a.m.
This just goes to say that people can NOT TRUST ANYONE....
(especially attorneys-which I learned the hard way)
we are all responsible for what we do...so we need to know what we are doing at all times and not just take another person's word for anything. I was told several years ago by a judge that IF I did not sign an agreement (which I did not agree with) that I would be held in COMTEMPT of COURT...I now know that people CAN TRUST NO WAY...if is sad that JUDGES can do things and get by with doing it...I was NOT GIVEN A CHOICE...I have since learned that JUDGES ARE ALLOWED TO DO ALMOST ANYTHING at all regardless...Lawmakers need to review the laws and get them updated...
sinenomine Jul 31, 9:07 a.m.
dollibug posted about Janet Danahey on July 30 along with a link to a site about her.
Don't be taken in. Danahey was prosecuted under the felony murder rule for having set a fire at a house or apartment building as a prank. As a lot of people could have foreseen the fire went out of control due to the wind with the result that four innocent people wound up dead as the result of her action. She might have stuck around when she realized her mistake and roused people to the danger but instead panicked and ran.
The felony murder rule has been around a long time; it is not little known or rarely used as Danahey's supporters claim.
The reason there was "no trial and no verdict" was because Danahey pled guilty to the charges.
Best to remember at all times that there are at least two sides to every story.
honeybears41 Jul 31, 8:51 a.m.
Judge Ruth..I worked with you and I have always appreciated the way you handled your courtroom. You still have my respect and my prayers. Some will agree, some will not but "Before you criticize someone, walk a mile in their shoes".
crand2003 Jul 31, 8:48 a.m.
The integrity and public trust in the court system was lost long ago. My wife beat me up and the courts convicted me of assault simply because I was a male and a little taller than her.
kermit60 Jul 31, 8:36 a.m.
And they wonder why the common citizen doesn't obey laws? Why do we have so many criminals? She is the answer. One of the individuals we trusted to uphold the law and hold people accountable when they break them breaking the law her self. And the system we are supposed to trust to deal with it slaps her on the wrist. People get more punishment for shoplifting.
bubbba Jul 31, 8:17 a.m.
Bottomline she plead guilty to a criminal charge. 36 times she was charged with changing court documents that allowed drunks back on the road. If only one had resulted in a death she would not have got off so easy. 36 times she in essence drove drunk. Pretty light sentence for a repeat offender.
Boycott_WRAL_Advertisers Jul 30, 7:59 p.m.
As far as it being a "slap on the wrist". What she was charged with is a "slap on the wrist".
sandim50 Jul 30, 7:57 p.m.
Well, I guess the "good old boys " club now includes women.
She got off with a VERY tender slap on the wrist.
As a "judge" she should have checked what she was signing.
NO EXCUSE your former honor.
By the way, I did read it carefully!
dollibug Jul 30, 7:52 p.m.
This is only the tip of the ICEBERG..there is corruption and cover up everywhere..everyone makes mistakes..at least one or two..there was a BIG mistake made http://www.change.org/petitions/the-governor-of-nc-grant-clemency-petition-for-janet-danahey?utm_medium=email&utm_source=signature_receipt.. and this link PROVES it..this was a 23 young old girl who was doing a prank which turned deadly and got caught up in the system with the threat of the death penalty..and she did not have a good attorney to advise her of her rights at the hearing. There was no trial and no verdict..she was sentenced for time which did not fit the crime..this has been a media issue recently and it will be interesting to see if indeed she is granted clemency and released..the people who were involved in how this was conducted should have also gotten punished for what they did..there is a lot that goes on in our Judicial System that is neither legal nor lawful but it seems to flow anyway. This speaks volumes.
tgentry1005 Jul 30, 7:47 p.m.
It's sure nice to see a public official accept responsibility for their actions!
meeper Jul 30, 7:37 p.m.
"I didn't read it". "I trusted him". Her lawyer has advised her well. The whole thing is smoke and mirrors. It'll be the Mike Easley form of punishment. She'll get a slap on the wrist and the others involved will go to jail. People will forget, end of story.
timtooltime777 Jul 30, 7:29 p.m.
All the law inforcers and people working for them are in it only for the money !!!
djofraleigh Jul 30, 7:18 p.m.
It's amazing how many people are commenting here about her not reading what the lawyer presented before her, who obviously haven't even bothered to read the whole story above to come to and understanding of just what she was actually charged with. -- comment
Yes, a lot of people are commenting on here...you're right
djofraleigh Jul 30, 7:14 p.m.
Before the bar, trust of those members of it by one another is essential for efficiency, but here we see the brakes being slammed on.
sunshine1040 Jul 30, 7:11 p.m.
Yep she listened to everyone except MADD and families of those killed by drunken drivers. she signed off without reading because she trusted another attorney. What did dhe learn back in high school "do not sign any thing that you have not read" she should pay back NC taxpayers for all the years she made her *honest* mistakes since she was not doing the job for which whe was being paid
laderjd Jul 30, 7:10 p.m.
Judge Ruth...is a beautiful person inside and out....she was a fantastic Judge....her only fault was trusting that selfish,money hungry attorney!! Cannot wait till he starts to suffer some consequences...he deserves all he gets.
Her lesson has been learned...and she has and will suffer the most!
She is a fantastic person....You will be missed Judge Ruth!!!
clintoflannagan Jul 30, 6:59 p.m.
To those of you who are talking about Judge Ruth receiving a "slap on the wrist" sentence:
She hasn't even been sentenced yet. Please read the story before you comment.
InnocentBystander22 Jul 30, 6:44 p.m.
Im so GLAD that she is out of a job, so many people die each year from people who decide to drink and get behind the wheel, especially in wake and johnston counties. How could anyone up here feel bad for her?, ARE YOU KIDDING ME?, she was a wake county judge, SHE KNEW THE LAW!
rch27834 Jul 30, 6:38 p.m.
Isn't she the same judge instrumental in the firing of Trp. Harrison in Wake Co? The trooper accused of pulling women more than men for DWI resulting in many of his cases being found as having no probable cause?
jtavolacci Jul 30, 6:33 p.m.
Judge Ruth has made a mistake, (we all make mistakes) I can tell that she is a good person and the fact that she resigned the way she did is punishment enough.... Case Closed
jblake1932 Jul 30, 6:29 p.m.
She is obviously taking a fall for someone.
DontVote4LiarsCheatsOrThieves Jul 30, 6:09 p.m.
Scuba - "Well, hoping the lying DA also pays a price."
Confused. What did Willoughby do wrong in this case?
Scubagirl Jul 30, 6:01 p.m.
Well, hoping the lying DA also pays a price. Sad when you can't trust those sworn to uphold the law
DontVote4LiarsCheatsOrThieves Jul 30, 5:54 p.m.
It's amazing how many people are commenting here about her not reading what the lawyer presented before her, who obviously haven't even bothered to read the whole story above to come to and understanding of just what she was actually charged with.
wildpig777 Jul 30, 5:50 p.m.
look for lenient terms and a light pat on the wrist-- the elite are no held to the same standard as commoners--that'b eb me an prolly most of yall. THATS THE WAY THE JUSTICE SYSTEM WORKS IN NC.
joeydirtwood Jul 30, 5:49 p.m.
God bless her,I hope she puts this behind her. She is one of the good ones .
judithfergerson Jul 30, 5:49 p.m.
another one with just a slap on the hand
Strawberry Letter 23 Beth Wilson Jul 30, 5:47 p.m.
I wonder, was it worth it?
tsquaring Jul 30, 5:32 p.m.
Case closed. Let's move on now.
pappybigtuna1 Jul 30, 5:29 p.m.
What I would like more than anything, since she pleaded guilty to a crime, a well thought out crime, committed more than once, stole tax payers money in the commission of this crime, using state property to committe these crimes -- WHAT WOULD HER SENTENCE BE TO HER SELF?
Published: 2008-01-11 14:37:00
Updated: 2010-06-21 13:53:03