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Impeach the right-wing federal judge who beats his wife

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"U.S. District Judge Mark Fuller pleaded guilty to assaulting his wife. He is unfit to serve as a federal judge, and Congress should impeach him."

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Dear 5849376,

Impeach Mark Fuller

"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 bench.

A man who beats his wife shouldn't be allowed to continue serving as a federal judge. Click here to urge Congress to begin impeachment proceedings now.

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 procedure.

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.

Thanks for everything you do,

Becky Bond, Political Director
CREDO Action from Working Assets

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  1. "Chris Hayes Plays Horrifying 911 Call From Federal Judge Mark Fuller's Wife; Sounds of Her Apparently Being Struck Can Be Clearly Heard," Brad Friedman, The Brad Blog, 9/17/2014.
  2. "Gary Palmer, Washington Post say Mark Fuller should resign," Leada Gore,, 09/23/2014.
  3. "If a federal judge has committed domestic violence, Congress should impeach him," Editorial Board, Washington Post, 09/22/2014.
  4. "Montgomery circuit court seals file in U.S. district judge's divorce proceedings," Amanda Simmons, Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press, 5/29/2012.

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