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  • heelzfan4 Dec 18, 4:38 p.m.

    Did anyone really thing a Judge would really punish another Judge? The "reprimand" as they call it was a joke! Maybe this lady could have missed 1, 5, or even 10...but missed over 50 of the forged documents! Come on..... do they really think we are fools? I am really disappointed in Judge Stephenson! She should have lost her law license! If this had been a regular Joe who forged legal documents, he/she would be serving time! Our legal system is a real joke!

  • Sherlock Dec 18, 8:51 a.m.

    No judges in NC will ever go to jail. Only those below that level will do time, that a code between the judges in NC.

  • dollibug Dec 17, 7:51 p.m.

    ***** Best advice you can get is NEVER get involved in the legal system here in North Carolina.

    GOOD ADVICE....BUT....a person does not have to *EVEN GET INVOLVED* to get indicted, tried and convicted in NC....A person can just get *caught up in the system* and be DOOMED FOR LIFE....it has happened a lot here....just ask those who have been found *WRONGFULLY CONVICTED*....they know all about NC Judicial System and just how it works....

  • sunshine1040 Dec 17, 7:31 p.m.

    She abused our trust and I just hope no one suffered loss of life or injury due to her letting people drive drunk

  • rushbot Dec 17, 6:48 p.m.

    She should have been disbarred.

  • Uhavenoclu Dec 17, 6:05 p.m.

    There is only one authority and law and it doesn't come from the physical ego freaks.
    The lady snitch is the one y'all should be angry with along with the prosecutors who let her go.
    The judge here she is no longer allowed to be in any judicial job because she trusted and was suckered by some lawyer.
    The eagles song get over it has a good solution for the lawyers.
    I'd still go to dinner with the judge here and be proud.
    Hey maybe me her and my 2 favorite moms can have dinner together? Lemme go ask them

  • sophiesdad Dec 17, 6:04 p.m.

    Like Judge Ridgeway and the attorney , Judge Stephens slapped a wrist. A nice fraternity to be in !

  • retiredindependentpopo Dec 17, 5:46 p.m.

    Aw good lawd. You're just like all the "haters". Anyone that has more money than me, anyone that has a better job than me, anyone that has a better house than me, anyone that has a more authorative job than mine, etc., etc. etc. condem - condem - condem. STOP WHINNING ALREADY!!!

  • retiredindependentpopo Dec 17, 5:42 p.m.

    You obviously don't know how the court system and courtrooms operate. I don't rememeber her ever saying anyting about "ignorance of the law". She was truthful and admitted to her mistake. Her trust was abused. So, what's your REAL issue?

  • superman Dec 17, 5:39 p.m.

    I dont think Judge Stepens knew enough about the law to know whether she committed a crime or not. He should go back to law school or better yet--learn how to flip burgers. She did this over 50 times. How many times does a person have to do something before they figure out that they are being used and something must be amiss? By any chance is she a blond. Sephens and Willougby will never get my vote again. The judge treated her like a 5 year old child.

  • retiredindependentpopo Dec 17, 5:35 p.m.

    I disagree with Judge Stephens in telling her not to run for office. That should be our decision as the electorate. If we think she was crooked she would not be re-elected. I for one would re-elect her. He was the crook. Her trust was abused. Think she hasn't learned a lesson???

  • Dime High Dec 17, 5:34 p.m.

    she got a slap on the wrist and just like any other higher power or celebrity she should have been held to a higher standard not let go by the higher standard. This just goes to show me as a citizen how they look out for one another and not treat everyone EQUAL!

  • Dime High Dec 17, 5:28 p.m.

    Why is it that if I stood in front of her...Her response to me would have been ignorance of the LAW is no excuse yet this judge justifies his decision solely on that omission for her GUILT. THAT'S BULL!!!

  • BobLoblaw Dec 17, 5:21 p.m.

    This was an outstanding judgment of Judge Stephens, and a very good comment regarding the egregious acts of Crouch. I was very surprised that Judge Ridgeway did not find, despite substantial evidence, that the aggravating factors outweighed the mitigating, and sentence him accordingly.

    I agree with Judge Stephens, that aside from this lapse of trusting but failing to verify representations made, Judge Kristin Ruth was a very good jurist. Unfortunately, she was exploited along with the judicial system. She acted with great respect to the judicial system by immediately taking responsibility and by testifying. Unlike Crouch, who pled guilty -- but only after being caught red-handed by his own attorneys in destroying, fabricating, and lying about evidence he was required to produce. He did not "accept responsibility" - he was a cornered rat with no other option. What a dirtbag, and it's too bad Judge Stephens wasn't Crouch's sentencing judge.

  • tatermommy52 Dec 17, 5:12 p.m.

    She isnt as bad as Judge Greg Weeks.

  • wildpig777 Dec 17, 5:08 p.m.

    if i wana see a a real judge who serves the people it sure as heck wont be one from nc {DOES ONE EXIST}? --i'll watch judge judy..

  • oleguy Dec 17, 4:49 p.m.

    Our court system is a joke,,, need to run them all out,,, Wanta see money wasted in action,, go sit in a court room for a day,,, Bettern TV judges,,,

  • Dadof4girls Dec 17, 4:31 p.m.

    Instead of responding on this forum ... lets pick a day and spend it in front of the good ole judges home. There are probably many people that love her based on her ruling in domestic support cases

  • bobbijames4 Dec 17, 4:29 p.m.

    I believe those that paid and got off of the DUI/DWI charges should be penalized and have their names publicly published. What happened to all of those that knew they were breaking the law - not just the attorney and judge?

  • Dynol Yn Cael Ei Dec 17, 4:07 p.m.

    charmcclainlovesdogs2 - "Did she realize the danger she put the public in with her DWI backdating?"

    Have you been following this story at all?

    She DIDN'T do the backdating; the attorney did and SHE didn't catch it like she should have.

    She was taken off the bench for negligence and dereliction of duty, not for changing or falsifying documents.

    The attorney, on the other hand, has been charged with changing/falsifying documents.

    Get your facts straight!!!

  • Dynol Yn Cael Ei Dec 17, 4:04 p.m.

    charmcclainlovesdogs2 - "Yet, these judges have the DUI's in front of them and turn them loose when they should be sent to prison for a while."

    Get a grip!!!

    THIS JUDGE DID!!!

    There is no proof at this time that any other judges in this area have done this, nor, I daresay, will there be because I've worked with several of the judges in the Raleigh/Wake court system, and they are very careful and thorough individuals.

  • superman Dec 17, 3:52 p.m.

    He didnt give her a paid vacation, a new SUV? Bev still has a couple days she can appoint her to something. A judge looking after another judge. Our justice system is shameful. Stevens needs to hide behind his desk. He has made a mockery of our "so called justice system". His family must be so proud of him. The money just keeps rolling in for Mr. Stephens.

  • charmcclainlovesdogs2 Dec 17, 2:54 p.m.

    MANY DUI/DWIs there are. Anybody else scared about that?

    bobbijames4

    I was concern about that yesterday. Our life is really in danger every time we hit the roads and highways. Yet, these judges have the DUI's in front of them and turn them loose when they should be sent to prison for a while.

  • takeabathgreg Dec 17, 2:44 p.m.

    "anything involving the courts."

    nothing in her sentencing indicates she cant practice law which in a lot of cases means involving the courts...stop drinking the koolaid and see this for the whitewash it was!!

  • takeabathgreg Dec 17, 2:43 p.m.

    no surprise here since she was being sentenced by a friend what did you really expect...

  • charmcclainlovesdogs2 Dec 17, 2:30 p.m.

    Did she realize the danger she put the public in with her DWI backdating?

  • bobbijames4 Dec 17, 2:29 p.m.

    What is even more shocking to me is how MANY DUI/DWIs there are. Anybody else scared about that?

  • bubbba Dec 17, 2:27 p.m.

    When you plead guilty to DWI can you now ask for a reprimand?

  • charmcclainlovesdogs2 Dec 17, 2:24 p.m.

    and was ordered by a judge not to seek judicial office again.

    Justice was certainly well served in this case. She ignored the law and it came back to back her. She got what she deserved and I don't feel she should ever served as a judge or anything involving the courts.

  • morgannyy Dec 17, 2:23 p.m.

    The judge should now be reprimanded for this ridiculous sentence!

  • morgannyy Dec 17, 2:22 p.m.

    A judge being judged by her fellow judge.....oh yea, that seems fair!

  • tom73b Dec 17, 2:20 p.m.

    ditto...........sinenomine

  • JustOneGodLessThanUU Dec 17, 2:15 p.m.

    I can see how Judge Ruth was duped by Mr. Crouch. I was police officer for a few years before I got smart and went to college and on to bigger and better things.
    Judges get handed all sorts of documents they can't possibly read. They rely upon the other officers of the court to vet stuff and truthfully represent what it is they're asking the judge to sign.
    I would never imagine a lawyer would have the guts to lie to a judge like this. Unbelievable.

    Criminal law requires intent, and since I don't believe Judge Ruth acted with intent, I think justice is served in this case. Time to move on. There are much bigger criminals out there to worry about.

  • dang_skippy Dec 17, 2:14 p.m.

    If ANYONE gets hurt/killed by a DUI person who Crouch defended, both Crouch & Ruth can be brought to the courts for their actions in allowing the DUI person back on the street. That is what a lot of people are failing to mention/remember. These people (Ruth/Crouch) will be severely watched for cases that could tie back to them. Crouch for Criminal actions, Ruth for Neglection of her duties. Since both of those counts are on record with the court's office, they can be used in bringing them before the courts repeatedly for DUI offenders and those paying the price for their actions.

  • pappy1 Dec 17, 1:58 p.m.

    Oh, no. Not a 'reprimand.' How ever will she stand the shame?

  • SmokeWagon Dec 17, 1:53 p.m.

    ..."So, if you're a regular citizen you're responsible for your actions. But if you're a judge and have a lot of work to do.. it's okay to break the law?..."

    YOU my friend, have just discribed the REAL world in a nutshell...congratulations for learning the facts of life at such an early age....lie, cheat, steal...but ONLY if you are well connected, a politician or rich and powerful..!!!..you see things have not changed much since the king and peasant times of 1,000's of years ago....EXCEPT....most have been lied to for so long they actually BELIEVE the aforementioned "good ol' boys" and have come to believe that THEY are actually "enlightened"...when indeed they are merely fooled sheep...!!!!

  • The Carolina Sweetheart Dec 17, 1:53 p.m.

    The one thing that to me that is strange, if she had no knowledge of her actions, then why didn't Crouch come forward during his impassioned plea to the court when he was sentenced. It seems that would have helped him. He never said she was just an unwitting participant in his illegal activities. I don't understand how you can potentially let convicted DWI's back on the street with little or no penalty, and receive absolutely nothing.

    EXACTLY!I believe that she was WELL aware of what was going on. She is NOT being made to pay the consequences for her actions and I am personally DISGUSTED at the outcome! She even gets to keep her law license! There is something grossly wrong with this picture! I am LIVID that she just gets a slap on the wrist. She is a JUDGE & spends quite a bit of time handing out punishments but doesn't have to pay the cost when she BREAKS THE OATH OF THE JUDICIAL BENCH! Once again, Justice at it's best! This is sickening!

  • swst04 Dec 17, 1:49 p.m.

    That was a penalty? That she couldn't run for office again? What chance did she ever have TO run again? What a joke of sentence. If someone had tried to bribe a judge to not do their job, they would be put in jail with the key thrown away. I'd like to know if the presiding judge was able to keep a straight face when he handed down the 'sentence'. All because she 'believed' the lawyer. What a joke.

  • sinenomine Dec 17, 1:38 p.m.

    A large part of the reason for the discrepancy in the sentences between Crouch and Ruth is that Ruth was completely cooperative with authorities and apparently materially assisted in the case against Crouch. Once she became aware of her wrongdoing she was completely forthcoming, immediately resigned her office, etc.

    Crouch on the other hand actively sought to obstruct justice and was deleting files from his computer up until a few days before his sentencing. He was exactly the opposite of Ruth.

    The punishments given both defendants were entirely appropriate.

  • bubbba Dec 17, 1:24 p.m.

    The one thing that to me that is strange, if she had no knowledge of her actions, then why didn't Crouch come forward during his impassioned plea to the court when he was sentenced.
    It seems that would have helped him. He never said she was just an unwitting participant in his illegal activities. I don't understand how you can potentially let convicted DWI's back on the street with little or no penalty, and receive absolutely nothing.

  • Life-goes-on. Dec 17, 1:18 p.m.

    So, if you're a regular citizen you're responsible for your actions. But if you're a judge and have a lot of work to do.. it's okay to break the law? Reprimand? Did I read that right?

  • Sweetgrl3 Dec 17, 1:08 p.m.

    Fatcat: You are correct. She is the best in Wake. Crouch and the other attorney involved is the crooked ones. As many folks that come into court on a daily basis (traffic Court, etc). There is NO way you can read every single sheet of paper. Maybe they could if the drunks would stop driving, or doing ridiculous things like that to bog down the courts. The Judges have to trust the attorney's due to the high volume of paperwork and the pettiness.

  • Sherlock Dec 17, 1:06 p.m.

    This is truly NC justice at it best...and very one sided James Crouch, the defense attorney of record in the cases, was sentenced to 12 to 34 months in prison – the harshest punishment possible under state sentencing guidelines – after he pleaded guilty in November to several charges in the case. Not to equal is it.

  • wildpig777 Dec 17, 1:05 p.m.

    HAHAHAHHAAA as the legal continues to make a mockery out of nc citizens... a reprimand-- thats equivilant to a sneeze in the courtroom.....

  • jacksun48 Dec 17, 12:52 p.m.

    Reprimand? What does that mean? Didn't she put lives at risk by allowing drunks to drive legally sooner then they should have under our lenient drunk driver laws? Too bad she doesn't appreciate the value of innocent life and is willing to put us all at risk to help a crooked friend...Mr. Crouch.

  • Bob3425 Dec 17, 12:31 p.m.

    zile1porkey -- They were guilty? what world do you live in?

  • babedan Dec 17, 12:25 p.m.

    Once again, the lawyers get away with breaking the laws. If this had been a clerk of the court they would have thrown them in jail. Shows what a position can get you.

  • BigUNCFan Dec 17, 12:24 p.m.

    "the lacrosse players lives should have been ruin they were quilty their parents had the money to keep them in the life style that you can do whatever you want we will buy you out of it."

    zile1porkey

    I guess you missed the part where Nifong admitted he lied and Mangum admitted she lied and the part where the Attn General completely dismissed the cases against the lax players because they were fraudulent.

    Oh yeah, I don't think they would have gotten all of that settlement money either if all of that had not have happened.

    Some people just will never accept the truth that people sometimes do get framed.

  • harmstrong4 Dec 17, 12:07 p.m.

    well there you have it...another one free to go...have a nice life...which law firm is gonna scoop her up? Merry Christmas Judge.

  • CrazyFoxofCary Dec 17, 12:07 p.m.

    She made mistakes she confessed honorable. I think the sentence from the Judge was fair based on her actions

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