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Tuesday, September 30, 2014
A federal judge who beats his wife?!!
Hi Katalusis friends,
This hit my inbox this morning, and I feel compelled to share it with you. Your action is needed!
Impeach the right-wing federal judge who beats his wife
Tell Congress: "U.S. District Judge Mark Fuller pleaded guilty to assaulting
his wife. He is unfit to serve as a federal judge, and Congress should
Add your name:
“Please help me, he’s beating on me.” That’s what Judge Mark Fuller’s
wife begged a 911 dispatcher as her husband could be heard striking her
in the background.1
Fuller, an Alabama federal judge nationally renowned for his role in
Karl Rove’s politically motivated prosecution of former Alabama Governor
Don Siegelman, was arrested this summer for beating his wife. But
unlike Siegelman, who is in jail right now serving a six-and-a-half year
sentence, Judge Fuller managed to completely escape criminal
prosecution, and could even keep his lifetime appointment to the federal
Despite his arrest in Atlanta for the assault so disturbingly caught
on tape by the 911 dispatcher, Fuller got a plea deal from Georgia
prosecutors that will erase his arrest from the record if he completes a
once-a-week counseling program for 24 weeks. Fuller has been relieved
of his caseload by the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals, but he’s still got
a lifetime appointment to the court, for which he continues to draw a
$200,000 a year salary.
Both of Alabama’s Republican Senators have called for Judge Fuller to step down, but he still refuses to do so. 2
The only way to get him off the federal bench is for Congress to
impeach him, a move endorsed recently by the generally conservative
editorial page of *The Washington Post*.3
Judge Fuller’s time on the bench has been embroiled in controversy. He’s
the judge who sentenced Alabama’s former Democratic Governor Don
Siegelman to six-and-a-half years in federal prison in a
politically-motivated, Karl Rove-orchestrated prosecution.
Despite having a clear conflict of interest and a negative history with
Siegelman, Fuller refused to recuse himself from Siegelman’s case. And
when he sentenced Siegelman, he had the former governor taken from the
courtroom in handcuffs and leg manacles and sent immediately to prison,
rather than letting him go free until appeal, which is standard
Over 50 former state attorneys general from across the country, both
Republicans and Democrats, have urged the U.S. Congress to investigate
the Bush administration’s use of the U.S. Department of Justice to
railroad Siegelman. And now, after putting former Governor Don Siegelman
in chains for bribery and corruption charges, at the bidding of Karl
Rove no less, the idea that Judge Fuller will suffer no legal consequences for violently beating his wife is especially appalling.
This is not the first time allegations of domestic violence have been
lodged against Fuller. In 2012, the Reporters Committee for Freedom of
the Press reported that Fuller’s divorce records were “wrought with
accusations of domestic violence, drug abuse and the judge’s alleged
affair with his court bailiff.” Those records were sealed by a fellow
judge serving on the Montgomery circuit court.4
According to the judicial code of conduct to which Fuller is bound,
“a judge should maintain and enforce high standards of conduct and
should personally observe those standards, so that the integrity and
independence of the judiciary may be preserved.”
The integrity of the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals is clearly at risk
if a judge who assaults his wife is allowed to continue to serve. It’s outrageous that Mark Fuller got a free pass for domestic violence. It would be even worse if he also returns to the bench. It’s now up to Congress to hold him accountable for his actions.
Help us hold Republican Mark Fuller accountable. Click the link below to get him off the federal bench.