U.S. District Judge Resigns
An Alabama federal judge who resigned after being arrested on spousal abuse charges may have faced impeachment. U.S. District Judge Mark Fuller announced his resignation Friday. Police arrested Fuller on a misdemeanor battery charge in August after his then-wife called police to the couple's room at the Ritz Carlton in Atlanta. An order filed today in the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals says the circuit's Judicial Council found that Fuller's conduct may have called for impeachment under article II of the Constitution. Fuller's resignation came after months of review by a judicial panel and calls from Republican and Democratic politicians for him to resign. Fuller's resignation is effective August 1 and the council says the matter has been referred to the Judicial Conference of the United States.