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Wake County judge resigns in light of SBI probe

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – A Wake County District Court judge who was the subject of an investigation into how she handled a dozen DWI cases has resigned.

Judge Kristin Ruth submitted her resignation Friday to Gov. Beverly Perdue.

An inquiry began in February after prosecutors alerted Wake County District Attorney Colon Willoughby to problems with a DWI case handled by Raleigh lawyer James Crouch. Willoughby flagged a dozen questionable DWI cases in which Ruth’s signature was on orders changing conviction dates. Crouch was the attorney on each case.

Willoughby investigated the matter, then alerted Superior Court Judge Donald Stephens, who contacted the SBI.

In a statement released by her attorney, Ruth said she has cooperated fully with the investigation and acknowledged that she signed numerous orders for Crouch that should not have been signed.

(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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