I hope, at some point in her life, that she will forgive me."But District Attorney Colon Willoughby said Ruth, a highly respected judge who had the potential to go on to the state Court of Appeals or state Supreme Court, was not the only victim of the crime.Crouch's actions also caused "tremendous harm" to his family, the people who worked for him and how the Wake County Courthouse operates."It's caused great harm to the practice of law and how we'll be able to practice law in this district and how we'll be able to do the business that the people expect us to do because of the level of distrust created because of this defendant's conduct," Willoughby said.
Crouch was indicted in June on two felony counts of obstruction of justice and one felony count each of criminal conspiracy and altering court documents – charges that carry a maximum of 13 years in prison.
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.
The Treasury secretary also addressed deductions, most of which the administration said it wants to eliminate under its tax plan.
That includes getting rid of state and local tax deductions.
Some top GOP senators, including Hatch, have previously said they expect to have to use reconciliation.