Posted Aug 13, 2014 07:45 pm CDT
A federal district court judge will have his pending cases reassigned after being arrested over the weekend for alleged misdemeanor battery after an argument with his wife at a hotel in Atlanta.
“The recent arrest of Middle District of Alabama Judge Mark E. Fuller in Atlanta, Georgia, on misdemeanor charges is a matter of public record, The case is pending before the State Court of Fulton County, Georgia,” says the 11th U.S. Circuit Court on Appeals in a Tuesday statement posted on its website.
“Effective immediately, all legal matters filed with the United States District Court for the Middle District of Alabama that are pending before Judge Fuller will be reassigned to other judges in accordance with standard procedures for the assignment of cases. No new legal matters will be assigned to Judge Fuller until further notice.”
A preliminary hearing is scheduled later this month on the one misdemeanor count that Fuller faces, reports the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Although he could be sentenced to as much as 12 months in jail, if convicted, he is unlikely to lose his lifetime appointment to the bench over the incident, experts tell the newspaper.
Hat tip: Montgomery Advertiser
ABAJournal.com: “Federal judge is accused of assaulting wife at Ritz-Carlton; he is freed on bond”