Judge Mark Everett Fuller as nominated to the Senate by President Bush on August 1, 2002, confirmed on November 14, 2002 and received his commission on November 26, 2002. He took over the seat on the Middle District of Alabama Court held previously by Ira DeMent. Since 2004 he has served as the chief judge of the court.
Fuller served as District Attorney for the 12th Judicial Circuit (Coffee/Pike counties) from 1997-2002. Prior to that he served as chief assistant DA, a partner and associate with Enterprise, Alabama's Cassady, Fuller and Marsh and as a law clerk with various firms.
Fuller earned his law degree from the University of Alabama School of Law and a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Alabama.
He has served in the past on the Executive Committee for the Alabama Republican Party and served from 1993 to at least 2002 as Chairman of the Terry Everett for Congress Committee.
Magistrate Judge Charles S. Coody has served as the Chief Magistrate Judge for the Middle District of Alabama since 1987. Coody is handling most of the pretrial motions and issues in the case and was asked to recuse himself from the case by several of the defendants.
Coody's wife once taught the children of highway contractor Forrest "Mac" Marcato, his daughter and son-in-law were part of a suit brought against HealthSouth by shareholders of the company, and his son-in-law served with HealthSouth during Richard Scrushy's tenure and is still with the company in a high position.
Coody wrote in the opinion that "No party has suggested or come forward with any evidence that I have any personal bias or prejudice concerning any of them."