Judge Who Beat His Wife Bloody Strikes Deal To Avoid Prosecution
Judge Mark Fuller, a George W. Bush appointee, had reportedly checked into an unspecified “treatment program” in order to avoid prosecution after being charged in August with domestic battery. This scenario is not unfamiliar for Fuller. He’s not a first time offender and had beaten a previous wife as well. Once Fuller completes his one time per week treatment for 24 weeks, there will be no charges and the record will be expunged under the deal.
Fuller’s attorney, Barry Ragsdale said, “It will essentially put him back with a clean record.”
[su_center_ad]In August, the police reported that they discovered that the federal judge had dragged his wife around the hotel room by her hair, kicked her, and struck her several times in the mouth, leaving her with lacerations on her face, bruises on her legs, and blood found on the bathroom tub. The judge’s wife had accused him of having an extramarital affair with his law clerk.
The Brad Blog reports:
In court on Friday, Fuller reportedly struck a deal to avoid prosecution entirely, despite reports that he had also beaten his previous wife as well, according to records from his 2012 divorce. Those records are said to have included accusations of drug abuse, domestic violence and infidelity with his court bailiff. Those records were mysteriously sealed by the court against the wishes of his former wife.
According to AP this afternoon, following the arrest on domestic abuse charges with his new wife, who has similarly charged that Fuller had an affair with his law clerk, it appears that Fuller will, once again, get off the hook…
ATLANTA – A federal judge from Alabama will be allowed to enter a court program to resolve a misdemeanor battery case against him that involved allegations he hit his wife during a fight at an Atlanta hotel.
Under terms agreed to Friday, U.S. District Court Judge Mark Fuller will spend up to 24 weeks in a domestic violence intervention program and undergo an alcohol and substance abuse assessment. If Fuller completes the program, the case against him will be dismissed.
Fuller said in a statement he deeply regrets the incident and looks forward to addressing the concerns of the court and “hopefully” returning to the bench.
Fuller served as Executive Director of the Alabama G.O.P. and as a client of Karl Rove’s before he was named by Bush to his current $200,000/year lifetime position.
Fuller will serves the 24 weeks in a treatment center and will continue to collect his federal salary. The only way Fuller can be removed from the federal bench is by an act of impeachment from the United States Congress.
The Brad Blog has some more details on the case here.