Federal judge spends night in jail after alleged domestic dispute

Posted at 6:15 PM, Aug 11, 2014
and last updated 2014-08-12 20:34:41-04

(CNN) — A federal judge spent the night in an Atlanta jail after being charged with misdemeanor battery in an alleged domestic violence incident involving his wife.

U.S. District Judge Mark Fuller, 55, of Montgomery, Alabama, was charged with battery physical harm-family violence after Atlanta police responded to the downtown Ritz-Carlton hotel shortly before 11 p.m. Saturday.

“Officers spoke to the victim, who stated she was assaulted by her husband, Mark Fuller,” an Atlanta Police Department release says. “Officers observed injuries to the victim. She was treated on scene by (paramedics) but refused to be transported to the hospital. Mr. Fuller was not injured.”

The judge arrived at the jail about 2:30 a.m. Sunday.

Fuller appeared before Chief Magistrate Judge Stephanie Davis via video conference from the Fulton County Jail on Monday morning, said Fulton County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Tracy Flanagan.

Public defender Melissa Nelson requested that Fuller’s trial be held in two weeks, to give him time to consult a private attorney, Flanagan said.

Nelson did not immediately return an e-mail Monday, and a man answering the phone at the public defender’s office said she would be working at the jail all day.

Davis granted Fuller a $5,000 signature bond, and he walked out of the jail before noon ET, Flanagan said.

His next court date will be August 22 at 9 a.m., she said.

Fuller was confirmed to the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Alabama in 2002.