FROM “SIEGELMAN JUDGE” TO “WIFE-BEATING JUDGE”
Mark Everett Fuller resigned from the bench on August 1st, 2015, after all of Alabama’s congressional delegation, including staunch conservatives supporters Senators Jeff Sessions and Richard Shelby, called for Fuller’s resignation. He had served the U.S. Middle District of Alabama for thirteen years since President Bush had appointed him to the bench in 2002.
Although Fuller is now infamous for beating his wife in a Ritz Carlton in Atlanta, before that Judge Mark Everett Fuller was best known for presiding over the Governor Siegelman trial. That event was also marked by vengeful, draconian sentencing, and highly questionally courtroom and prosecutorial conduct.
Always remembered by his friends as a Republican activist, even in college, Fuller was nominated to Judgeship by President Bush despite having a thin judicial resume. But the party loyalty demonstrated by heading up the Executive Committee of the Alabama Republican Party from 1992 to 1998 may have made up for a lack of experience in other areas.
His tenure on the bench was riddled with questions, rumors and conflicts of interest. The most glaring conflict of interest was a publically held company called DOSS Aviation where he was a stakeholder and former president.