CBS 2 Birmingham: Judge Mark Fuller to resign in August
According to Representative Terri Sewell’s office, District Judge Mark Fuller is resigning as of August 1, 2015.
Fuller was under arrested for misdemeanor battery after his wife made a 911 call in a hotel room saying her husband had beaten her. Fuller told police at the time his wife had become violent when she accused him of cheating.
Sewell sent out an official statement on Fuller’s resignation:
“News of Judge Fuller’s impending resignation is a welcome outcome to a very painful breach of the public trust. His resignation will be the culmination of a drawn out process that was woefully unnecessary. The public trust was violated the moment his wife phoned the police. Justice was not served. We sent the wrong message to victims of domestic violence by allowing a federal judge to collect a paycheck — without managing a caseload — and ultimately having his record expunged. Fuller failed to uphold our most fundamental values. Perhaps the only consolation is that he has chosen to spare his family and our nation of the expense of a drawn out impeachment process.”
Senator Shelby also issued a statement:
“The American people expect those who have the distinct honor of sitting on the bench to be held to the highest ethical standard. Judge Fuller’s decision to resign was the right thing to do and is in the best interest of our judicial system and the state of Alabama.”
Fuller’s lawyer Barry Ragsdale said Fuller has expressed his honor and privilege in having served as a United States District Judge. According to Ragsdale, Fuller regrets resigning but he recognizes that it is best for his family and the judicial system that he do so at this time. Fuller hopes the President will move swiftly to fill the vacancy created by his resignation, and he looks forward to the next chapters in his life.