Judge Mark Fuller's battery charge dismissed

Published: Apr. 14, 2015 at 9:25 PM CDT|Updated: May. 14, 2015 at 9:25 PM CDT
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ATLANTA (WSFA) - The case against Federal Judge Mark Fuller, who presides over Alabama's Middle District, has been dismissed.

Fuller's attorney, Barry Ragsdale, said Fuller went through a pre-trial diversion program that included 24 weeks of group anger management and domestic violence sessions. He also went through an evaluation for substance and alcohol abuse. The attorney said no issues substance abuse issues were found.

Fuller was arrested on Aug. 8 and charged with misdemeanor family violence battery after being accused of assaulting his wife at Atlanta's Ritz-Carlton hotel.

Ragsdale said Fuller's judicial review continues. They have heard from about two dozen witnesses and reviewed thousands of pages of documents.

Rep. Terri Sewell released a statement Tuesday saying she is disturbed the charge was dismissed, and there never should have been an agreement to expunge his record.

She said this case is sending the wrong message about domestic violence to perpetrators, and his punishment should reflect the crime.

"I am again calling on the House Judiciary Committee to initiate impeachment proceedings should the Judicial Council decline to make such a recommendation. Judge Fuller must be immediately removed from the bench. He has irrevocably violated the sacred trust placed in him, and Congress must send a strong message that his actions are beneath the seat he holds," Sewell said.

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