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September 18, 2014

Members of Congress call for federal judge to resign after his domestic violence conviction

As reported in this local article, headlined "Sen. Jeff Sessions, Sen. Richard Shelby call for Mark Fuller's resignation," there is a growing consensus that a federal district judge ought to not longer be a judge after his conviction for assaulting his wife.  Here are the details:

On Wednesday, Sen. Jeff Sessions and Sen. Richard Shelby called for U.S. District Judge Mark Fuller's immediate resignation following his high-profile arrest for domestic violence in August.  "Judge Fuller's unacceptable personal conduct violates the trust that has been placed in him," Sessions said in a statement.  "He can no longer effectively serve in his position and should step down."

Sessions' sentiments echoed Shelby's earlier comments.  "The American people's trust in our judicial system depends on the character and integrity of those who have the distinct honor of sitting on the bench," Shelby said.  "I believe that Judge Mark Fuller has lost the confidence of his colleagues and the people of the state of Alabama."...

Fuller, who serves Alabama's federal middle district, was arrested Aug. 9 after his wife reported to police that her husband was drunk when he beat her while they were at an Atlanta hotel.  She had accused him of having an extra-marital affair with his law clerk. According to the police report, police noted "visible lacerations" to the woman's mouth and forehead.  Police said the woman reported Fuller had pulled her to the ground by her hair and kicked her.

On Sept. 5, Fuller accepted a plea deal that could expunge the arrest from his record if he completes a counseling program

On Tuesday, U.S. Rep Martha Roby said tolerating domestic abuse is condoning the crime, adding that she is closely monitoring the case. Rep. Terri Sewell also called for Fuller's resignation Tuesday. "No one committing such abusive acts should get a pass," Sewell said. "This is especially true for those charged with upholding and enforcing the law. Judge Fuller has violated the public trust and should resign."

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Yeah. Its what I would do. Can him. Hes no better than the nfl players right.

Posted by: Midwest Guy | Sep 18, 2014 3:34:11 PM

Midwest Guy:

You may be right, but I would still rank NFL players as better than Sessions and Shelby.

Posted by: albeed | Sep 18, 2014 5:18:07 PM

Feminists are in full control of the three branches of government. Why do their male running dogs in the lawyer hierarchy do their dirty work? Because feminism is not real. It is a Trojan Horse to destroy the family and replace it with big government.

Posted by: Supremacy Claus | Sep 18, 2014 7:44:21 PM

Why do so many people seek vengeance? If this was a repeat offense then I could see these peoples position, but not when it is a first time case. It sounds like there is some personal problems gong on in the family and coupling this with drinking is a bad mix. The people calling for the resignation should call for their own resignation. I am totally sick of the justice system right now anyway because the self same people who call for these kind of resignations, usually have some "skeleton" in their own closet.

Posted by: D.L. Cahail | Sep 18, 2014 10:38:16 PM

Judge Fuller will weather this storm and retain his Judgeship. He has received diversion, which is normal for first time offenders in these kinds of cases. Even his wife supports the diversion. Upon completion, the misdemeanor assault charge will be dismissed and the arrest will be expunged. Judge Fuller will have no criminal record that could form a basis for impeachment. He will be disciplined by the Eleventh Circuit Judicial Council, but will return to Judging and have his civil and criminal caseloads restored. Two years from now, the upset will all have died down and he will move on with his life. There is nothing that the U.S. Senators or others can do to change that result. Mark Fuller would be foolish to resign his lifetime appointment as a U.S. District Judge over this case.

Posted by: Jim Gormley | Sep 19, 2014 10:32:31 AM

While there may be nothing that the U.S. Senate can do now, there is something that the U.S. House can do -- prepare articles of impeachment. Not that I expect the House to do that, but there is evidence that Judge Fuller committed a crime. The House Judiciary Committee should have a hearing as to whether that crime qualifies as a high crime or misdemeanor (not saying that it does, but if the House thinks that perjury does qualify as apparently it did back in the 1990, then the members of the House should be prepared to explain why domestic assault is not).

Posted by: tmm | Sep 19, 2014 12:06:26 PM

A crime should be held against an employee if relevant to the job description. So the judge should not accept marriage cases.

Any lawyer feminist running dog in Congress voting for impeachment should be forced to live with the judge's wife for a month. See if he can restrain himself.

Posted by: Supremacy Claus | Sep 20, 2014 1:13:47 AM

Many congressmen are already sleezing around with someone else's wife. Surely you havent overlooked or forgotten about their biggest accomplishments of the year.

Posted by: Midwest Guy | Sep 20, 2014 7:35:40 AM

This may have some legs to it. Under the common law, assault on a female has always been considered a crime of moral turpitude. I'm not say that these pandering political hacks have any authentic concerns for the public, the judiciary or the crime victim, but cheap political points are here for the taking.

Posted by: MarK M. | Sep 20, 2014 9:15:12 AM

In any event, I think we all agree that some one on the Federal bench needs to be held to a higher standard than a drunken 20 yr old that gets into a scrap with his girl and gets a Domestic charge.

Enough said....

Posted by: Midwest Guy | Sep 20, 2014 12:29:42 PM

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