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August 13, 2014

Alabama federal judge has cases reassigned after his arrest for wife-beating

As reported in this local article, the "11th Circuit Court of Appeals has reassigned cases pending before U.S. District Judge Mark Fuller, following the judge's arrest in Georgia Sunday on charges of misdemeanor battery." Here is more on the fallout from the latest case of a federal judge behaving very badly:

"Effective immediately, all legal matters filed with the United States District Court for the Middle District of Alabama that are pending before Judge Fuller will be reassigned to other judges in accordance with standard procedures for the assignment of cases," the circuit said in a statement posted to its website. "No new legal matters will be assigned to Judge Fuller until further notice."...

Fuller was released from jail on Monday after posting a $5,000 bond. According to a police report on the incident, Fuller's wife claimed that Fuller "pulled her to the ground and kicked her" after confronting him in an Atlanta hotel room over an alleged affair with a law clerk. Fuller's wife's also said he dragged her around the room "and hit her several times in the mouth with his hands."

The judge, who the report said did not have visible injuries, said his wife threw a drink at him, and that he pulled her hair to defend himself. "When asked about the lacerations to her mouth, Mr. Fuller stated that he just threw her to the ground and that was it," the report stated.

In a transcript of a 911 phone call obtained by the Associated Press, Fuller's wife is heard asking for help. "He's beating on me. Please help me," the woman tells the dispatcher before saying that she needed an ambulance....

Fuller presided over the trial of former Alabama Gov. Don Siegelman and former HealthSouth CEO Richard Scrushy in 2006.

The judge, 55, divorced his first wife in 2012. The divorce records were sealed after Fuller cited concerns over the safety of his family. Fuller's ex-wife, Lisa Boyd Fuller, objected, saying Fuller "was guilty of marital misconduct and is attempting to shield himself from the public scrutiny thereof." In a request for admissions, Fuller's attorney asked the judge to admit or deny several allegations, including accusations of extramarital affairs, domestic violence and substance abuse. The results of that request are not known.

Federal judges are typically appointed for life, though the federal judicial circuits may punish judges for complaints over or physical capacity or ""conduct prejudicial to the effective and expeditious administration of the business of the courts." The circuits cannot remove sitting judges, but may censure them, remove their caseloads or request they voluntarily step down. In serious cases, a committee investigating a federal judge's conduct may refer them to the U.S. House of Representatives for impeachment.

I have heard a rumor that Judge Fuller is planning to ask for his case to be referred to NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell. (I am just kidding, of course.)

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Why thats proposterous. If Jack Camp can redide over significant cases and give guideline sentences plus and then be cleared by the investigative committee.

Im just sure this guy is squeeky clean.

But good old Jack enjoys his fat federal retirement and never did get a felony for buying cocaine from a hooker with 2 loaded guns in the front seat of his vehicle.

Wht did this scum vag get off almost scott free. Cancel his retirement and he can live in the swallow along side the lives he ruined.

Posted by: Midwest Guy | Aug 13, 2014 10:49:42 PM

Unless a case involved domestic relations, I do not understand why the judge must be relieved of his duties, until allegations of a crime have been proven in a tribunal. My only explanation would be that the administrative judge wanted to kowtow and appease the vile feminist lawyer and its vile male running dogs or was a vile running dog itself.

I have also proposed that a statute allow the exclusion of an ex-offender only from licenses and positions that are related to the adjudicated crime. Lawyers should not be allowed to sue for negligent hiring unless the crime was relevant to the position.

If the public is oppressed by the lawyer hierarchy, the lawyer is doubly oppressed, and the ordinary judge triply so. When this group of 20,000 internal traitors is arrested, the profession will bloom in every way, in the value it delivers, in income, and in public esteem.

Posted by: Supremacy Claus | Aug 14, 2014 6:55:51 AM

SC,

Sorry, but I can well see credible allegations of criminal activity on the part of a judge being enough to put a cloud over the perception of an unbiased judiciary. Sucks for the other judges in the district that they now have to pick up this guy's work but that's just a hazard of the job. And one tat I doubt will turn away many applicants.

Posted by: Soronel Haetir | Aug 14, 2014 10:28:55 PM

I can see the problem facing the 11th Circuit. Assault on a female is a common-law crime of moral turpitude.

Posted by: MarK M. | Aug 14, 2014 11:46:46 PM

I am not defending the judge, but the constitution, as the lawyer likes to say. I have also advocated seeking the persona destruction of the lawyers on the other side, and those on thebench allowing the false cae to proceed, as a duty to meet professional standards of due care of the defense.

No one here can withstand an audit daily criminal conduct. So i can use criminal charges for political purpqses, violating the aim of the lifetime appointment. Everyone has committed 3 felonies today. These can be used by adversaries to embarass.


Posted by: Supremacy Claus | Aug 15, 2014 4:27:55 PM

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