Alabama Judicial Scandal Could Taint Many Cases, Not Just Siegelman’s
By Andrew Kreig
An Alabama newspaper exposed a scandal May 16 that deserves national prominence. The headline was “Federal judge’s lengthy affair with court worker is exposed.”
This is a scandal not simply for the judge, Mark Everett Fuller, shown at right in a photo by my research colleague Phil Fleming. It is a lifetime shame for those in the Justice Department, federal court system and the United States Senate who have coddled and protected him for an entire decade during his obvious previous disgraces.
It was fully a decade ago that Fuller was first accused by Alabama’s pension officials at their highest level of trying to bilk the system out of $330,000. Yet Alabama’s two senators pushed Fuller forward for a lifetime appointment, which Fuller received from voice vote by the United States Senate with no serious discussion of his past. Fuller and his court staff were even able to hide from public view a 180-page impeachment filing against him in 2003 with no apparent attempt at investigation.