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Rumble at the Ritz: Siegelman Trial Judge Arrested in Atlanta

By Lee Hedgepeth
Alabama Political Reporter

ATLANTA, GA – An Alabama Federal Judge was arrested last weekend in Georgia and charged with battery after he allegedly assaulted his wife in an Atlanta hotel room.

According to Atlanta police representative Kim Jones, Mark Fuller, a Federal judge for the Middle District of Alabama, was arrested on Sunday after he engaged in an altercation with his wife at a downtown Ritz-Carlton hotel which allegedly culminated in Fuller’s assault of his spouse, whom medics treated on site for minor injuries, but
refused hospital care.

Fuller presided over the trials of former Governor Don Siegelman and HealthSouth Executive Richard Scrushy nearly a decade ago, in which both men were convicted on federal bribery charges stemming from a half million dollar donation made by the CEO to the then-Governor in exchange for a board appointment.

The 55-year-old Fuller, an Enterprise native who was appointed to the bench by President George W. Bush in 2002.

After a video conference hearing from an Atlanta jail, Fuller has been released on $5,000 bail, but is due back in court in late August.


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