Federal judge takes plea in domestic battery case, will not be convicted if he completes treatment
A federal judge charged with battery in a domestic dispute with his wife that took place in an Atlanta hotel room has apologized and agreed to a plea deal.
It will result in the misdemeanor charge against U.S. District Judge Mark Fuller being dropped if he successfully completes domestic violence and substance abuse programs, reports the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
Fuller, who sits in the Northern District of Alabama, took the plea deal in the Fulton County case during a Friday hearing before a Georgia magistrate judge.
“I reached this difficult decision after consulting with my family, and deciding that it was in everyone’s best interests to put this incident behind us,” he said in a written statement provided to the newspaper by a defense lawyer. “While I regret that my decision means that the full and complete facts regarding this incident will likely not come out, I have no doubt that it is what is best for all involved.”
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