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  • bobeugene4 Dec 19, 2012

    You make me laugh Deb Newton with your "defending those who can't help themselves" self appointed praise. I and some of my friends have done a number of things recently to help some in not so good circumstances. And we didn't charge them $100 an hour to do it.

  • kodac31 Dec 4, 2012

    Kristen Ruth was one of he worst Judges in Wake County! Now, her involvement in this corrption just proves she never belonged on the bench...EVER!

  • newtonatlaw1 Dec 4, 2012

    Thank you all for your comments and participation. With Judge Ridgeway's admonition, we will all try harder to earn, restore and maintain your trust, every single day. Deb Newton, Wake County defense attorney.

  • newtonatlaw1 Dec 4, 2012

    :) Bobeugene4: Well Bobby Eugene, I didn't have her or anyone "sign off" on anything, but thanks for the confirmation of the quality of your post. All the gratuitous lawyer-bashing from people who don't have a clue about the responsibility we shoulder and how most of us devote our lives and days to helping those who cannot defend themselves is getting seriously old. So sometimes we fail; at least most of us try. What did YOU do for your fellow man today?

  • bobeugene4 Dec 4, 2012

    Sounds like Deb Newton may have gotten a few things signed off by Ruth as well. I don't even want to hear the "Ohh, I know James Crouch and I'm a victim of my own trustworthiness. I didn't know". You are a liar covering your tracks.
    I mean out of 36 documents over the course of time, did you not look at one? Just one? Did you not notice that other judges made these decisions? Not once? I'm sorry, I'm sure she's not an evil woman by any means, but that was just plain stupid.

  • KIDDZA Dec 4, 2012

    I believe what goes around, comes around. Ruth had a history of signing court documents without reading them. Law 101 - never sign ANYTHING without reading it. That is plain dumb. Sorry for your loss but you did it to yourself for not taking the time to read EVERYTHING you signed. CARMA

  • jackcdneh1017 Dec 4, 2012

    @workinghuman33 you are very correct about the need to research judges before electing them to office. Seems like this would be a great process to get rid of horrible judges doesn't it? Except there is one problem. The "democratic" process often only allows for two choices, a Democrat or a Republican. What if both are bad? and what about the terms judges are elected for? For the life of me, I cannot figure out how to "un-elect" judges in Wake County. When are the sitting judges such as Donald Stephens, Paul Gessner, Paul Ridgeway up for re-election because I would surely work hard to get rid of at least two of the three. The fact is that partisan politics where there is effectively only TWO choices (and the same goes for electing a DA or a Sheriff) completely usurps the democratic process. Think the recent presidential election where we were given only two choices was truly democratic? Great ideology is democracy. Unfortunately it is not reality.

  • BobLoblaw Dec 4, 2012

    N&O reports, based on Crouch's paralegal's testimony, that he took about 3,000 cases per year. Just averaging this to $1,000/case, which is very low (I think he charged $1500/case, plus an additional $750 for "nunc pro tunc" orders), he was *honestly* making some $3 Million per year. If you calculate $1500/case, that's $4.5 Million ... per year. Despite this, his greed and desire to achieve results no one else could honestly obtain caused him to defraud his profession and the entire system of justice.

    I do not believe there is any authority in this state criminal case to seize any part of that income -- so, although he will be a felon and will serve at least a year of active time, he will get to keep all of that income and property that was, at least in part, derived from his DIShonest and fraudulent efforts.

    He should have received an active prison sentence outside the normal range. However, that Judge Ridgeway and Colon Willoughby did an excellent job, as did Crouch's counsel.

  • bubbba Dec 4, 2012

    13 years-is that all???
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    He got two consecutive 6 months. 1 year. I know people doing more time for a couple of joints.

  • bubbba Dec 4, 2012

    12 months in the can....wow....

  • dollibug Dec 4, 2012

    ****Crouch is a withering lilly who probably bragged about how he could get drunk drivers off and took the money as fast as he could take it. He is especially wrong because he took his paralegal down who probably just wanted to keep her job. Now faces prison and "Judge" Ruth should have a cell in the same country club...oh I meant prison

    EXCUSES have no place in the JUDICIAL SYSTEM....each and every person is only *ACCOUNTABLE AND RESPONSIBLE for what they do*....the BLAME GAME IS OVER....I do not think anyone was *FORCED* to do anything....they each HAD A JOB TO DO and FAILED....

  • dollibug Dec 4, 2012

    The Wake County DA, Colon Willoughby, had a lot of questions in court today....at least he has acknowledged that there is indeed *CORRUPTION AND COVER UP*....but I am not even sure that it has all been discovered yet....so perhaps he is indicating that this judge actually *set an example today*....I hope that the public actually realizes that this is just the *TIP OF THE ICEBERG IN WAKE COUNTY*....perhaps the DA needs to *review what is going on right there under his own nose*....as I DO NOT THINK this judge is going to be able to *fix it all today*....or come even close.

  • Bartmeister Dec 4, 2012

    Why don't you sign your real names? sinenomine

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    I show you mine if you show me yours!

  • Bartmeister Dec 4, 2012

    "Bartmeister", "Its the who what", and others lambasting Deb Newton for her comment on former Judge Ruth - you certainly are a courageous lot. Why don't you sign your real names?
    sinenomine

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    Well sineomine I wasn't giving grief to Ms Deb Newton, Attorney in my comments. My comments are directed to the ex and former lawyer on trial. But thanks for playing and come back soon. - John Smith.

  • Its the who what Dec 4, 2012

    Crouch is a withering lilly who probably bragged about how he could get drunk drivers off and took the money as fast as he could take it. He is especially wrong because he took his paralegal down who probably just wanted to keep her job. Now faces prison and "Judge" Ruth should have a cell in the same country club...oh I meant prison. Crouch rigged the system unfairly and the judge played her part by acting like she didn't know. He and Ruth might as well get some gang tats because they are no different than any other person in a jumpsuit.Moreover, they were no different before. BTW, sinenomine, if I did state my name, she probably wouldn't read it anyway!

  • baldchip Dec 4, 2012

    13 years-is that all???

  • Holy Carp. Dec 4, 2012

    LOL- She trusted lots of lawyers.

  • sinenomine Dec 4, 2012

    "Bartmeister", "Its the who what", and others lambasting Deb Newton for her comment on former Judge Ruth - you certainly are a courageous lot. Why don't you sign your real names?

  • dollibug Dec 4, 2012

    Lawyers, judges, prosecutors and anyone who works has a *JOB TO DO*....IF these people are NOT doing the job that they are being paid for....then they need to be held responsible and accountable....period....people pay attorneys a lot of money to represent the person in a *legal and lawful manner*....some of them just *TAKE PEOPLE'S MONEY AND RUN*....it happens and it happens a lot....and nothing is done about this....these people put their *TRUST* in the system to do what is *FAIR AND JUST* and LEGAL AND LAWFUL*....hardly ever does this happen....there is no integrity left in our nation....it is sad but CHANGES, BIG CHANGES, need to be made....I can NOT believe for a second that the *judge was completely blindsided*....it was her JOB and RESPONSIBLITY to know what she was doing, period....the same for the attorney....they deserve what they get.

  • workinghuman33 Dec 4, 2012

    We need to look hard at people that have been handed positions of authority.- OutsourceITDirect"

    Most generally Judges are "handed positions of authority" by our votes. We still use a democratic process to elect our judges. If they are appointed it's due to a death of a Judge during their term or one stepping down for some reason, only in those type of situations are they normally appointed. So if we don't like what we are getting from them we need to research each judge prior to us voting them into positions of authority.

  • OutsourceITDirect Dec 4, 2012

    I agree. Sociopaths gain trust from unsuspecting victims. We need to look hard at people that have been handed positions of authority.

  • rdc42179 Dec 4, 2012

    "I trust a lot of lawyers, and when they bring things to you, you have to, because we do such an exorbitant amount of work," Ruth said.

    You may have trusted them, but that doesn't mean you,still didn't have the responsibility to verify the accuracy of those documents. And don't use the amount of work you have as an excuse, if a doctor fails to due his job because he's busy, somebody dies. You failed to perform you duties, except the consequences and stop the blame game.

  • Six String Dec 4, 2012

    "Attorneys are destroying this country along with politicians and MOA'S(MOOCHERS OF AMERICA)...Oh and the liberal press." devilpride2012

    Now there is an interesting comment. All attorneys are bad? And who are the MOA? You apparently have a lot of facts at hand that the rest of us do not. Can you share exactly who the MOA are and what percentage of the population they represent and exactly how much mooching has been done and where? Are all of the lawyers liberal Democrats? I am excited to find someone so smart. Or could this just be an opinion presented as fact? I'll accept your argumenet if you have the facts to back it up. Oh, and if you will bother to check, the CEOs of six of the seven liberal media congolmerates are Republicans. Just more right nut wing talking points, learned from hearing it repeated somewhere.

  • baldchip Dec 4, 2012

    Hurry up-13 years is too short a sentence!!

  • vile garbage Dec 4, 2012

    Judge Kristin Ruth is an honorable, fine, kind, sincere woman who every single day helped many people caught up in legal controversy while on the bench - people like YOU -

    WELL, I know one thing for sure, she half backsided her duties. If not she would have known what she signed. Whatever! GUILTY.

  • bubbba Dec 4, 2012

    Pot calling the kettle black.

  • Life-goes-on. Dec 4, 2012

    Crooked attorneys and judges? I am shocked and saddened.. not! Prison is just where they belong, in fact I think more of them need to be there, especially divorce attorneys.

  • NiceNSmooth Dec 4, 2012

    Judge Kristin Ruth is an honorable, fine, kind, sincere woman who every single day helped many people caught up in legal controversy while on the bench - people like YOU -

    I totally agree Judge Ruth did alot of great work and I am sad to see her gone

  • vile garbage Dec 4, 2012

    I bet she knew what she was doing. Even if she didn't it's her responsibility to know what she is signing. I mean the ENTIRE system is corrupt. From the troopers which are obviously corrupt to the probabtion officers. I hope they both get the FULL penatly.

  • Bartmeister Dec 4, 2012

    Well Ms. Newton, Attorney I don't disagree with you at all, you knowing her and me not. However as much of this that can be put on the lawyer for his own personal gain, rubber stamping documents isn't a course study in any law curriculum that I know of. Do you? My wife works for a very large law firm and she says what Ruth did is common. She resigned, end of story no bashing here. Mr. Crouch should bare the brunt of the collateral damage here, but like most I also believe he will not receive what he is due.

  • Its the who what Dec 4, 2012

    Deb Newton-What she did is against the law and she should have known better. I do not feel sorry for her. Attorneys prosecute people who are innocent all the time AND THEY KNOW that the defendant may actually be innocent. But yet you will work day and night to take that person's freedom away. She should not be immune to a court of law or a court of public opinion. Good people can make a mistake but she has to pay for it and face EVERYTHING that comes with it, just like any other street criminal. Your brunch buddy Ruth is no different. Shame on you for being a hypocrite!!

  • bmac813 Dec 4, 2012

    I don't know what really happened. But, If two people were Friends and you Trusted one another I can see how this can happen. If somone came to you with about 10 or 20 different cases do you think that you have the Time to Read all of them without missing something LIKE A DATE.
    He is a Slime Ball. Just wondering , Is he a Democrat?

  • Its the who what Dec 4, 2012

    This reminds me of WWE wrestling. What you see in the "show" or court in this case, is good guys and bad guys fighting each other but when you get behind the curtain, they are all drinking and laughing together. John Cena and CM Punk hanging out together!!! They should all get time!! That judge knew what she was doing and she got caught. Crouch didn't even have the courage to clear her name after the house of cards fell. But he cries in court. What a coward...that will not work out too well for him in prison.

  • homebrewer Dec 4, 2012

    "How many people have been killed or injured because he wanted drunk drivers to be out on our roads so he could make another dollar -sunshine1040 "
    I'm sure quite a few less then the number of people who have had their lives ruined because they had a couple of drinks out with friends and were stopped for whatever reason on their way home. do I condone drunk driving? Absolutely not. Do I think the penalties are too harsh for first time offenders who have no extenuating circumstances in their case? Absolutely. If a drunk person kills somebody charge them with murder. Don't charge them based on what might have happened if they weren't stopped. Give prosecutors the ability to plea bargin DUI cases just like any other crime that prosecute. Kick MADD out of the political arena.

  • newtonatlaw1 Dec 4, 2012

    st5937: Public comment over such a matter of intense interest among citizens is one thing, for the most part helpful to an understanding of current events, which I wholly support; however, gratuitous insulting of a fine individual who so very obviously is close to breakdown - if not on the other side of it - over her mistakes is abhorrent and mean-spirited voyeurism. Shame on you. For all of you: Judge Kristin Ruth is an honorable, fine, kind, sincere woman who every single day helped many people caught up in legal controversy while on the bench - people like YOU - as well as being an honest friend, loving and FAITHFUL wife and mother. I for one refuse to let such a disgusting comment stand without response. You all are less fortunate to have her services, and would be lucky if she ever has the opportunity to serve citizens again. I am, her friend and admirer - Deb Newton, Attorney

  • superman Dec 4, 2012

    Ruth has no character or integrity. She signed over 50 documents without reading any of them. Wouldnt a lawyer or a judge be trained to read papers before they sign them. The people you know such as friends, relatives and business associates are always the ones who you cant trust. I think that she must have had a romantic interest in him. Did she sign everything that came across her desk without reading them? The court system is certainly better off without her.

  • st5937 Dec 4, 2012

    judges and lawyers have been known to work
    together..anyone delved into whether these too were closer
    thanthe courtroom

  • Bartmeister Dec 4, 2012

    The more I read about this the more I think he will get some time in the pokey. Not so much for the alteration of the paperwork, but for the attempted coverup after he was caught up in the investigation. I'm sticking to 6 months at "The Rock".

  • dragline Dec 3, 2012

    Many,many,many years ago he got me out of beating and forever damaging a face of the man who played for the Raleigh Icecaps After their last game in Raleigh...I was a bouncer in a local Raleigh bar and the player started the fight. I thought my life would be ruined forever but Mr.C got me out of it. Today I would like to say that I am a successful raleigh business man and his actions helped tell the truth on what really happened that night. Of course at times we all sway in the direction of the dollar. I hope he can learn from his actions as I did.

  • krislgl Dec 3, 2012

    Does anyone know why a resident judge is hearing this case and not one of the judges currently in Wake County on rotation? Since all the parties involved are from Wake County it looks like a non-resident judge or even a special judge would be commissioned to hear this case.

  • retiredindependentpopo Dec 3, 2012

    It wasn't just one case, this involved "numerous" cases! I don't think there is no way the judge signed those orders knowing what the slug attorney had done. there were just too many of them!!!

  • retiredindependentpopo Dec 3, 2012

    If you read the statements in the article you will see where the "dirt-bag" attorney intentionally mislead the judge.

  • retiredindependentpopo Dec 3, 2012

    As long as I've been "around" the courts I can say without bias I feel truly sorry for the Judge. I understand exactly what happened to her. This slug of an attorney took advantage of her "trust" in him and/or his staff. Do any of you have any idea how many documents a judge may sign in a day with only a brief oral presentation on the contents of the document from the submitting attorney? It's impossible for the District Court Judges to read every document. I sympathize with her. This attorney is a dirt-bag!

  • oleguy Dec 3, 2012

    The court system is just a big joke,, Clowns all of them,
    We the people will start to take control and soon

  • sunshine1040 Dec 3, 2012

    How many people have been killed or injured because he wanted drunk drivers to be out on our roads so he could make another dollar

  • jstrummer Dec 3, 2012

    "IF you are NOT GUILTY to being with, why on earth would you accept a plea deal, to go to prison for a short term for something you are NOT GUILTY OF"

    Because you never know what a jury might do... And facing, say, 25 years in prison, you might be inclined to accept probation.

  • workingforthosethatwont Dec 3, 2012

    he sounds like a well qualified democrat!

  • Mr. Middle of the Road Dec 3, 2012

    Comments"piene2, only a coward would not report illegal activity by judges/attorneys/leos if he had actual knowledge of it. I think you are making your allegations up. Mr. Middle of the Road"

    Oh please, do not tell me that nonsense. How long have you lived here? How do you think things work here? Are you really so naive as to think that half the people living here do not know how to get tickets fixed? I am truly astonished.
    piene2
    I guess we run in different circles. Most of my friends are law abiding citizens. But again, unless you have something to lose from the illegal activity being suspended, you should carry your evidence to the SBI. Put up or shut up.

  • Bartmeister Dec 3, 2012

    They're working OT today...................

  • sjb2k1 Dec 3, 2012

    don't let the jail cell door hit you in the rear on the way in!

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