Ruth, who was also indicted in the case, resigned from the bench in May and pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor of failure to discharge the duties of her office.
She testified Monday that she signed the orders without reading them because she trusted Crouch, a longtime colleague and family friend.
The sentence, handed down by Superior Court Judge Paul Ridgeway, was the harshest possible under state sentencing guidelines."The offenses for which I have imposed judgment erode the trust and integrity that is so important to our system of justice," Ridgeway said.
"It is now the task of each of us to redouble our efforts to repair that damage, to recommit ourselves to the administration of true justice and to fully restore the confidence and trust of the citizens of our court.”A long-time Raleigh attorney whose practice handled more than 2,000 cases each year, Crouch was also disbarred as part of his plea deal with prosecutors."I stand before you, judge, a man who's been disgraced, humiliated and had stripped away from my soul any dignity that I've earned in my life," Crouch told Ridgeway before sentencing.
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