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  • dollibug Nov 15, 2012

    ****Is he too much of a friend to Colon Willoughby and the Wake County prosecutorial service?

    I guess it just depends on who is part of the *corruption and cover up*....some can get by with things that others get caught for....but this is just how is works....it is sad when EVERYONE is not held accountable for what they do / or not. NC General Assembly could make a difference but I guess they are not too concerned about things either.

  • piene2 Nov 15, 2012

    "Crouch was a sleazy attorney who got results, he didn't care if how he did it was legal, underhanded or not.
    mypoint"

    Yes, oh yes! Mister Crouch is my kind of attorney. He is exactly the sort of attorney I want working for me. Given the choice of Mister Nice Guy loser or Mister sleazy attorney who gets results, I will take Mister sleazy attorney who gets results every single time.

  • dollibug Nov 15, 2012

    There are a lot of *crooked attorneys* in the world....probably more of them than those who are capable of really wanting to help people....most attorneys just want to *collect the most money and do the least amount of work for it*.....and in the process they do not really care what else happens.....this is the world in which the good ole boys and girls network lives.....afterall, *IT IS JUST A GAME THAT THEY PLAY EVERY DAY*...

  • jackcdneh1017 Nov 15, 2012

    Why has Judge Paul Gessner who was also guilty of the same things done by Kristen Ruth given a pass on this conduct? Is he too much of a friend to Colon Willoughby and the Wake County prosecutorial service?

  • samr Nov 14, 2012

    He will be practicing law in another state within 5 years or will end up as a PI for his wife's firm. Don't anyone shed a tear for his future.

  • Smedley Nov 14, 2012

    If Mister Crouch is no longer available there are a plethora of other lawyers that can easily and quietly get any sort of citation fixed. Usually it costs no more then the fine would have been and all the other consequences simply never happen.
    piene2

    Yes plenty. And they might keep their law licenses and not get felony convictions if they don't lie to ADA's to have court days and hand Judge Gregory 2 pages out of a 10 page police report and try to pass it off as the full report.

  • bubbba Nov 14, 2012

    "I don't think there's any question," Cheshire said. "Most people are at this particular stage. I think that James is going back and trying to re-evaluate his life and what caused him to be where he is today."

    He had some help, Judge Christine Ruth.

  • superman Nov 14, 2012

    As part of the agreement he gives up his license and agrees to turn his cases over to another attorney. He wouild have had to that anyway. Our DA is slack to say the least. I will never vote for him again. If that is the best our DA can do -- he needs to hit the road as of yestereday. Colon-- you are an embarrassment to the taxpayers in Wake County.

  • BobLoblaw Nov 14, 2012

    What an absolute dirtbag. Apparently, in addition to obtaining these orders that effectively waived any DMV suspension, he also fabricated orders which suppressed the blood alcohol content and faxed them to DMV so that his clients who blew over a 0.15 wouldn't have to have an Interlock device.

    Good job with Colon Willoughby and his office in uncovering this fraud, prosecuting and ultimately removing Judge Ruth from the bench, and in obtaining the guilty plea of Crouch.

    If there were ANY doubt or possible defense, his attorney (same attorney as Greg Taylor) would have tried it rather than pleading his client guilty and hoping for the best on sentencing.

    Crouch's wife is also a lawyer. They have plenty of funds for a good criminal trial. Fact is, he's guilty, he tried to cover it up during the investigation, and he outright lied about and forged court documents. I hope that extra $750 per case was worth your reputation and the damage to your future and probably to your marriage.

  • dollibug Nov 14, 2012

    ***dollibug, one thing I have learned over the years is that there are at least two sides to every story. Furthermore, if you have two attorneys in a room there will be at least three opinions.

    You are correct..there are at least 2 sides to each and every case/story. Again I can assure you that there was *NO EVIDENCE presented* when my son was indicated *TWICE* by the GRAND JURY..http://ireport.cnn.com/docs/DOC-813288 this link might provide you with more information about just what took place.

    It took over 2 years but all criminal charges were finally *dismissed*..I guess this when the grand saga had *completed its cycle*..since there was really never any case of any crime, to begin with...just a lot of money, time and effort wasted on *nothing*...this is the AMERICAN WAY of how things work/OR NOT.

    By the way, I would have also loved to hear the *other side of this story too*, but I do not even think there was one..it is hard to *make something out of nothing*, you know?

  • baldchip Nov 14, 2012

    Good riddence!! Clink goes the jail house door!!

  • dollibug Nov 14, 2012

    **Furthermore evidence IS presented at grand jury hearings....
    And you happen to know this as *fact*??? Really???
    There have been local criminal cases where things are not always as it seems....perhaps you missed the taped video of the trials which took place last year....these actually opened up a lot of people's eyes and views about just how the *judicial system works/OR NOT....sometimes things such as *neighborhood gossip* and *illusions* can be presented in courts and IF and WHEN the judge allows such as this to be heard/seen in any case, it alters what the jury might think is supposed to be legal and lawful.

    So it is not always what is heard but what SHOULD or SHOULD NOT be heard in a court of law. Again there is a lot of *corruption and cover up* right here in NC...and it seems like there are a lot of people who are just *clueless* about the things which take place in a court of law.

  • mypoint Nov 14, 2012

    I work within the court system. Crouch was a sleazy attorney who got results, he didn't care if how he did it was legal, underhanded or not. It is good that he is out of the system, hopefully for good. Sadly there are other attorneys who are more than willing to fill in his void. The good-ole-boys are alive and well and willing to lie for profit.

  • YippiYiyoKiYay Nov 14, 2012

    If Mister Crouch is no longer available there are a plethora of other lawyers that can easily and quietly get any sort of citation fixed. Usually it costs no more then the fine would have been and all the other consequences simply never happen.
    piene2.........Usually I don't agree with you but on this one you're dead on. Most any town, anywhere. But he'll be ok. They look after their own. The fix is ALWAYS in. John Edwards is another example of pretend justice made to look like something actually happened. His lawyer buddies will hook him up somehow. Don't pity the fool.

  • less_govt_is_better_govt Nov 14, 2012

    Furthermore evidence IS presented at grand jury hearings. - sinenomine

    Correct, evidence for the state is presented. The state employees (cops, da's etc) assist one another in keeping exculpatory evidence for the defense hidden and swept under the rug. Just ask Greg Taylor

  • less_govt_is_better_govt Nov 14, 2012

    He represented me once on a DWI charge. The cop got angry when I would not do his field sobriety test. So I got charged with a resist delay and obstruct charge also....I asked my friend who had reommended him to me (she is also a criminal defene attorney)how she felt representing people who were probably guilty and getting off. Her reply was "My job is to make sure that the police do their job right". - kindaas

    that's standard wake county law enforcement procedure, your word against theirs, they sling as many charges as possible (even if the have to make some up) and the crooked district attorney plays along with them. It helps him gain conviction stats, the cops get money towards their retirement (as the court fees in NC plainly outline) and the state collects revenue. If you are a government employee for wake county you are key to revenue collection for the state and immune from accountability for your actions (right Colon?)

  • sinenomine Nov 14, 2012

    dollibug, one thing I have learned over the years is that there are at least two sides to every story. Furthermore, if you have two attorneys in a room there will be at least three opinions.

    All I can say is I'd love to hear from the others who were present in court at the hearings to which you refer. I would be surprised if I even recognized their stories as referring to the same case(s).

  • wildpig777 Nov 14, 2012

    The great Joe Cheshire got the Duke Lacrosse boys of but knew he could not do anything for this shyster. LOL!- smedley

    thats cuz the duke lacrosse 3 were innoncent, sons of millionares from new jersey. if they had been regular average family north carolina boys --they'd been in jail for 25 yrs each cuz our corrupt justice system in nc would have convicted them.

  • less_govt_is_better_govt Nov 14, 2012

    He altered about 50 cases and our DA reduced it down to 2 charges. I think the Da needs to be invesigated and removed from office. The DA is as crooked as his lawyer buddy - superman

    Superman hit the nail on the head. The corruption and cover-ups in wake county start at the 8th floor office of Colon Willoughby. He knows how to manipulate the system as a user stated before - by allowing rogue wake county law enforcement to use the "my word against yours in court" mentality to drum up cases and revenue for the state. If the feds ever investigated Willoughby correctly, I'm sure what Crouch admitted to doing would look like childs play. Willoughby presents only enough evidence to convict and allows law enforcement to commit perjury and with hold exculpatory evidence

  • wildpig777 Nov 14, 2012

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    Those of you complaining of dismissing some charges to get a conviction on others in a plea deal obviously know nothing whatsoever about criminal procedure as it exists in North Carolina. As for the ones calling for Colon Willougby to be investigated for corruption due to having done this in Crouch's case my above comment goes double.- sine

    so why dont you just enlighten us uninformed masses oh great one?

  • wildpig777 Nov 14, 2012

    impeach colon willoughby

  • dollibug Nov 14, 2012

    @sinenomine
    I happen to understand and know quite well that some people have *NO CLUE* about just how much *corruption and cover up* there is right here in our great state of NC..and I do know that there *is supposed to be evidence presented at grand jury hearings*..but trust me when I tell you..this does not always happens, regardless of what anyone thinks..after over 2 years of going to court dates and actually *seeing and hearing with my own eyes and ears*..I know that what I say seems to be unbelieveable..heck, had I NOT been there, I would NOT even believe this myself. But it happened..and what is very strange is..an ex wife was able to munipulate the system, with *inside connections* and a prosecutor who fell for the false accusations which were made..NO ONE ACTUALLY INVESTIGATED anything..they just took the words on *face value*..thinking it was all correct..OMG..it seems like this happens a lot in the Judicial System these days..try em and convict em or make them take a plea.

  • sinenomine Nov 14, 2012

    Those of you complaining of dismissing some charges to get a conviction on others in a plea deal obviously know nothing whatsoever about criminal procedure as it exists in North Carolina. As for the ones calling for Colon Willougby to be investigated for corruption due to having done this in Crouch's case my above comment goes double.

  • sinenomine Nov 14, 2012

    dollibug, if you are sufficiently literate you might try acquainting yourself with the Constitution of the United States where the Fifth Amendment guarantees that no person shall be "held to answer" for a capital or otherwise infamous crime except when indicted by a grand jury. (There are exceptions for the armed forces in time of war or insurrection.)Furthermore evidence IS presented at grand jury hearings.

  • piene2 Nov 14, 2012

    "I hope all you GOLO brain trustees that used crouch to "get you off" of your DWI's at least learned something after you paid him $$$$$$$$$$$.
    Smedley"

    First of all, GOLO shut down a long time ago. Perhaps you never noticed the new format? Secondly, yes, there is a good lesson here. That lesson is that if one receives a driving while impaired citation or for that matter any other sort of inconvenient citation it is quite easy to find the proper attorney and get it fixed. If Mister Crouch is no longer available there are a plethora of other lawyers that can easily and quietly get any sort of citation fixed. Usually it costs no more then the fine would have been and all the other consequences simply never happen.

  • Smedley Nov 14, 2012

    I hope all you GOLO brain trustees that used crouch to "get you off" of your DWI's at least learned something after you paid him $$$$$$$$$$$.

  • Smedley Nov 14, 2012

    The great Joe Cheshire got the Duke Lacrosse boys of but knew he could not do anything for this shyster. LOL!

  • kindaas Nov 13, 2012

    Sorry for the inconcise previous post. I have major keyboard issues.
    bobeugene4 I know many attorneys. I believe all of them to be honest and honorable. They earn the money they make, and just like physicians, are worth every penny when you need them.

  • samr Nov 13, 2012

    Should be no surprise. The whole courthouse needs to be overhauled. The only people who seem to do their job are the guards who screen people as they enter the courthouse. The next time that the Clerk of Court is up for election, she needs to be voted out of office. The court docket is a bona fide mess that constantly wastes the time of law enforcement officers, attorneys, and citizens.

  • kindaas Nov 13, 2012

    He represented me once on a DWI charge. The cop got angry when I would not do his field sobriety test. So I got charged with a resist delay and obstruct charge also.
    James represented me. The cop did not show up for the 1st 3 court appearences. We were there every time. The cop showed up for the next one because he had to. We were there every time. He was subpeoned for the next appearence. He showed, we continued, he did not show up for the next one so the DA dismissed it.
    I asked my friend who had reommended him to me (she is also a criminal defene attorney)how she felt representing people who were probably guilty and getting off. Her reply was "My job is to make sure that the police do their job right". I did not agree with that or appreciate it until I went through what I did.
    The pinhead of an officer that charged me had about as much business being an Officer as I do being the Pope.
    Mr. Crouch Represented me fully and corretly. I'm sorry to see him come to this.

  • bobeugene4 Nov 13, 2012

    Some of you people are just plain stupid. Crouch played the money game that all lawyers, judges, magistrates and every other legal official does. He just worked it to his advantage. Wring morally? Probably.....done on a daily basis....please...

  • dollibug Nov 13, 2012

    The Wake County Prosecutors are allowed to take cases to the GRAND JURY and get indictments RUBBERSTAMPED....without any evidence whatsoever....perhaps someone needs to review what is really going on in Wake County...

  • dollibug Nov 13, 2012

    Perhaps now someone also needs to check out just what the Wake County DAs are doing also....it is sad that no one really knows what goes on....there is so much that needs to be *cleaned up in WAKE COUNTY*....so much *CORRUPTION AND COVER UP*....but then who really cares, unless it involves you or someone you know....and then you have to ask...just who is *minding the courts*?????

  • cbrandonwilliamson Nov 13, 2012

    He better not get any worse of a sentence than Mike Nifong did!

  • storchheim Nov 13, 2012

    Bronco, that's admirable, but let's also remember that a lot of people were damaged by this guy's "mistakes" that he made over and over and over.

    And BTW, "cast the first stone" was spoken to a bunch of hypocrites who had caught a woman in adultery, ganged up on her, dragged her publicly through the town, and as good as told Jesus to condemn her. I believe he was being sarcastic, not that no imperfect human may ever judge another.

    Either way, most people forget that he also told her, once they'd slunk away (probably while the crowd howled with laughter at them) and she was safe, "Go now, and don't sin any more," not "Awww, you just made a mistake!"

  • wildpig777 Nov 13, 2012

    plea deal reduced to 2 charges. anyone think we {the commoners} could get away with that? thats colon willoughby for you. now he should be tried for corruption.

  • piene2 Nov 13, 2012

    "He got me off on a DWI.....but then I was innocent!
    atheistswillrule"

    So is every inmate in every prison in the world.

  • piene2 Nov 13, 2012

    Oh come now, is there even one poster here who can not get any sort of ticket fixed?

  • Relic Nov 13, 2012

    "Well glad that I got to use him for a couple speeding tickets while I had the chance"

    And people wonder why this will be known in history as "The Slacker Era".

  • atheistswillrule Nov 13, 2012

    He got me off on a DWI.....but then I was innocent!

  • superman Nov 13, 2012

    He altered about 50 cases and our DA reduced it down to 2 charges. I think the Da needs to be invesigated and removed from office. The DA is as crooked as his lawyer buddy.

  • bjsmaison Nov 13, 2012

    @luxurytravel Jimmy Crouch deserves far more than a "slap on the wrist."Not only did he break the law in altering documents in the DWI cases,but he also obstructed justice (considered a felony) by "thwarting the investigation,"according to Colon Willoughby.He fully deserved to be disbarred,and obstruction of justice,especially by an attorney,is very serious.

  • jaredg Nov 13, 2012

    Well glad that I got to use him for a couple speeding tickets while I had the chance. I always wondered how he could get charges dropped so easily. Very much worth the money! Never had a DWI though.

  • luxurytravel Nov 13, 2012

    Why should this guy serve any more time than the drunk drivers who walk free every single day? Until the laws are fixed regarding DWI offenders, what this guy did deserves nothing more than a slap on the wrist. Being disbarred is punishment enough.

  • uncommonsense Nov 13, 2012

    @Bronco - a mistake is something you didn't mean to do and mistakes (real ones) should be forgiven. What Crouch did was deliberate and now he is having to suffer the consequences of his deliberate actions. Calling his deceitful and dishonorable actions "mistakes" is not an appropriate use of the word. No one here is perfect, but Mr. Crouch knew better and should have acted with the integrity his position required and our justice system expects.

  • bjsmaison Nov 13, 2012

    This is the tip of the iceberg with Jimmy Crouch.There is so much more than just the DWI cases.Keep searching FBI & Colon Willoughby.This guy has damaged so many lives.

  • lorawatson Nov 13, 2012

    According to the math 46 cases he would get a maximum of 13years. That is 3.5 cases=1 year. Since they condensed them to 2 cases, he will get less than a year, maximum. Mostly likely he will not serve anytime in jail. I still dont see the justice served here.

  • Bronco Nov 13, 2012

    This guy made terrible mistakes and while I do not condone his actions, WE ALL are subject to make mistakes in life. All the finger pointing and name calling will not change his situation..Let's just hope the same perfect people who are calling for his head never..no not ever..make a mistake in life. PEACE

  • Scare Crow Nov 13, 2012

    Good job Colon!!!

  • sinenomine Nov 13, 2012

    ew2152, you posted that several of the judges who ran for re-election in 2012 have criminal charges against them. Who precisely? What charges? I'm waiting.

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