Wife confronted U.S. judge about affair

Posted by Dan Whisenhunt August 11, 2014
Illustration. Source: Wikimedia commons

Illustration. Source: Wikimedia commons

A report about an incident involving a federal judge accused of assaulting his wife during their stay Atlanta says the incident started after his wife accused him of having an affair.

On Aug. 9, Atlanta Police arrested U.S. District Judge Mark Fuller at the Ritz Carlton on Peachtree Street in downtown Atlanta. Fuller was charged with battery.

According to the report released by APD, the judge’s wife answered the door in tears. She had cuts on her mouth and forehead.

“Immediately upon entering the room, there was a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from the room,” the officer noted.

He found Fuller on the lying in bed. There was broken glass next to the night stand and strands of hair on the floor next to the bed. Fuller’s wife told police officers that the assault followed an argument about “issues in their marriage.” The wife explained that she accused Fuller of having an affair with his law clerk. She said Fuller pulled her hair, threw her to the ground and kicked her. She told police that Fuller dragged her around the room and struck her in the mouth several times with his hands.

When police asked Fuller how his wife got her injuries, he told them that his wife attacked him after their argument about marital infidelity. He told officers he was in bed watching CNN and she came into the room making accusations. Fuller said his wife threw a glass at him. Fuller said he grabbed his wife’s hair “to defend himself.”

“When asked about the lacerations on her mouth, Mr. Fuller stated that he just threw her to the ground and that was it,” the report says.

Police later discovered blood in the bathroom on the tub. Fuller did not have any marks or bruises, the officer noted. After medical personnel arrived, they noted additional bruises on his wife’s legs.

Police took Fuller into custody.

The judge is best known for presiding over the trial of former Alabama Gov. Don Siegelman, who is currently in prison.

Fuller has faced allegations of domestic abuse before. The Reporters Committee for the Freedom of the Press reported in 2012 that a Montgomery circuit judge sealed Fuller’s divorce records. The divorce file is, “wrought with accusations of domestic violence, drug abuse and the judge’s alleged affair with his court bailiff,” according to the Reporters Committee.

To read that story, click here.

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  • Andrew Kreig

    Congrats to Decaturish on the scoop! This shows the importance of local coverage. The implications behind the Siegelman case lead to the White House, but the breakthrough to the mainstream media on this kind of complex tale beings locally, with a story like this. The thread was picked up here:

    Siegelman’s Judge Charged With Wife-Beating, Affair With Law Clerk

    By Andrew Kreig / Aug. 11, 2014

    Atlanta police this weekend arrested on a wife-beating allegation the Alabama judge who helped railroad into prison former Alabama Gov. Don Siegelman.

    Police charged U.S. District Judge Mark Fuller with misdemeanor battery following an altercation late Saturday night at the luxury Ritz-Carlton Hotel with Fuller’s second wife,

    Fuller, 55, sits in Alabama’s federal district based in the state capital of
    Montgomery, where he was chief judge from 2004 to 2011 and also in charge of

    Financial cutbacks and self-censorship in the traditional media are reducing the kind of local coverage of police dockets resulting in the Fuller arrest. Yet these are
    precisely the kinds of stories that open the window to much larger corruption.
    In this case, the story provides rare criticism within the mainstream media of
    the powerful judge who enabled the frame-up of Alabama’s leading Democrat,
    thereby fostering one-party rule in the state.

    A former Republican leader, businessman and state prosecutor in Alabama, Fuller
    presided in 2006 over the federal corruption trial of Siegelman, the state’s
    leading Democrat. Siegelman remains in prison on a six-year term that Fuller
    imposed with unusually harsh terms. Fuller refused the bond normally granted in
    white-collar cases during appeals, and ordered Siegelman paraded out of court
    in chains before the media. Siegelman was placed solitary confinement in
    various out-of-state prisons to keep him away from family and media inquiries.

    The harsh sentence following many pro-prosecution rulings and courtroom
    irregularities by Fuller that have been approved by appellate judges and
    Justice Department officials. Unprecedented protests by legal scholars, former
    prosecutors and outraged members of the public have failed to budge authorities
    to grant relief for Siegelman or probe his opponents like Fuller in any
    meaningful fashion, even though Fuller’s career began in 2003 with an unrelated
    complaint seeking his impeachment on claims of corruption.

    Fuller’s arrest in the understandable context of a domestic dispute provides rare
    mainstream media coverage of a central player in one of the nation’s great
    human rights scandals. It implicates both the Bush and Obama administrations at
    the highest levels.

    Details on Op Ed News: http://ow.ly/Adh9C

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