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Federal Judge Mark Fuller's caseload reassigned in wake of arrest

Mark Fuller (Source: Fulton County Jail) Mark Fuller (Source: Fulton County Jail)
Judge Mark Fuller (WSFA 12 News File Photo) Judge Mark Fuller (WSFA 12 News File Photo)
ATLANTA, GA. (WSFA) -

All cases that were pending before Federal Judge Mark Fuller, who presides over legal matters in Alabama's Middle District, are being reassigned to other judges, effective immediately.

The order to remove the judge's caseload was given by the Eleventh Judicial Circuit Court of Appeals in Atlanta and comes in the wake of the judge's own legal troubles in which he was arrested over the weekend and charged with assaulting his wife.

The Eleventh Judicial Circuit Court of Appeals said Fuller's misdemeanor charges are a matter of public record and the case is pending in State Court in Georgia. The Court went on to say that no new legal matters will be assigned to the judge until further notice.

Atlanta police arrested Fuller, 55, on Saturday, August 8 after responding to a call around 10:45 p.m. at the Ritz Carlton hotel on Peachtree Street.

According to a police report on the incident, Fuller's wife says he hit her in the mouth several times with his hands, pulled her to the ground and kicked her, and dragged her around the room. In 911 tapes that were made public, you can hear what seems to be the altercation in the background.

Caller: "Please help me he's beating on me."

Operator: "What's your..."

Operator: "1-8-1 Peachtree.."

Caller: "He's beating on me please help me."

Operator: "That's the Ritz Carlton?"

Operator: "Yes!"

Operator: "And what is she saying?"

Operator: "She said that she's in a domestic fight and I can hear him hitting her now

Fuller's wife had visible injuries, according to police department spokesperson Kim Jones. The victim was treated on the scene by medics but refused to be transported to a hospital.

The police report shows that Fuller's wife claims her husband was having an affair with a colleague. She then said that Fuller hit her repeatedly, pulled her hair and threw her to the ground and kicked her.

Fuller claimed, however, that he was acting in self defense. When asked about the victim's lacerations, Fuller said he "just threw her to the ground and that was it."

Fuller was transported to the Fulton County Jail where he was charged with 'battery physical harm - family violence', a misdemeanor. The judge bonded out of jail Monday on a $5,000 signature bond.

Judge Fuller is most recognizable for his roll as the presiding judge in the 2006 bribery trial of former Alabama Governor Don Siegelman and HealthSouth CEO Richard Scrushy.

Fuller was appointed to the federal bench in 2002 by then President George W. Bush. 

Federal judges can only be removed from their position in three scenarios: by resignation, death, or by a lengthy process called impeachment and conviction. That process has to be carried out by the U.S. Congress.

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