Cheating, Wife-Beating, Bush-Appointed Federal Judge Resigns In Shame

During his time in office, George W. Bush packed the federal judiciary with conservative judges and political appointees on a massive scale. In total Bush appointed two Justices to the Supreme Court of the United States (including one Chief Justice), 62 judges to the United States Courts of Appeals, and 261 judges to the United States district courts.

One of those judges has just resigned in shame after being accused of domestic abuse for the beating of his now ex-wife nearly a year ago.

Federal Judge Mark E. Fuller sent his resignation to President Obama on Friday, saying it has been “an honor and a privilege to serve.” A copy was also sent to the chief judges of the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals and the middle district of Alabama, as well as to Senators Richard C. Shelby and Jeff Sessions, both Alabama Republicans, who had called for his resignation.

Fuller was arrested last August when his then-wife Kelli Fuller called police after he assaulted her at the Ritz-Carlton hotel in Atlanta. The argument was over the judge’s affair with a clerk. During the 911 call to police, Fuller can be heard striking his wife as she begs the dispatcher, “Please help me. He’s beating on me.”

Fuller, getting no special treatment by any means, entered a pre-trial diversion program and the criminal charges were dropped. In what another Republican federal judge called “a sweet deal…that will allow him to erase his criminal conviction for beating the crap out of his wife in a fancy hotel room while reeking with booze,” Fuller was then allowed to go back to his bench as if nothing had happened.

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Diversion programs are typically reserved for first-time offenders with no history of violence and include domestic violence counseling as well as alcohol and substance abuse assessments.

While Fuller had no prior record of domestic abuse, his first wife Lisa made almost the same exact allegations before divorcing him in 2012. Those allegations mysteriously disappeared into sealed documents when the divorce was finalized.

Fuller is still under investigation from a panel of five federal judges.

Fuller isn’t just a cheater, wife-beater and all-around nasty person, he’s also a Republican strategist who presided over the case of Don Siegelman, an Alabama Democrat convicted and sent to prison despite the filing of an amicus brief signed by more than 100 attorney generals on his behalf, stating that the entire case against him was political and unfair.

While justice may not have been served in this case, there is a light at the end of the tunnel: with Fuller’s departure, President Obama can now appoint someone who isn’t a misogynist scoundrel to the middle court of Alabama.

Featured image: Atlanta police via ajc.com