JUDGE MARK FULLER WAS SPECIALLY CHOSEN TO BE THE “SIEGELMAN JUDGE.”
Today, U.S. District Judge Mark Fuller is principally known for the shameful and public marital abuse that led to his retiring from the bench. Before he was known as the “wife beating” judge, Judge Fuller was notorious for being the “Siegelman Judge”. The Mark Fuller courtroom during the Siegelman trial was riddled with highly questionable courtroom and prosecutorial misconduct, and eventually a vengeful, draconian sentencing. In fact, according to sworn testimony, Mark Fuller was specifically selected to be the judge in the Siegelman Case in order to guarantee a conviction. This conviction was assured by Judge Fuller’s abusive nature, his extrajudicial conflicts and his grudge against Siegelman.
In 2014, a congressional delegation, including his longtime supporters and neighbors, 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.
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. Party loyalty, demonstrated in part by heading up the Executive Committee of the Alabama Republican Party from 1992 to 1998, seems to 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 publicly held company called DOSS Aviation where he was a stakeholder and former president while presiding on the Siegelman trial.