The Race Card: One’s caucasian and one’s Black. Care to guess which one lost his job, and what Federal Judge is still on the bench? The footballer has no direct effect on the next man, but the federal judge……
From Brads Blog, check him out, he’s magnificent:
By BRAD FRIEDMAN on 9/10/2014
The NFL has been appropriately shamed this week for not taking substantive action immediately in the case of Baltimore Ravens‘ superstar Ray Rice after he knocked his wife out cold in an Atlantic City hotel elevator earlier this year.
But what about the failure of the Judicial and Congressional branches, so far, to take any action at all in the case of federal U.S. District Court Judge Mark Fuller after he beat his wife bloody in an Atlanta hotel room last month?
Both Rice and Fuller, as supposedly first-time offenders, were allowed to participate in pre-trial diversion programs to avoid prosecution entirely. Rice agreed to attend domestic abuse counseling for a year. Fuller will have his arrest record expunged after completion of once-weekly domestic abuse counseling for just 24 weeks.
Rice was eventually suspended indefinitely by the NFL.
Fuller enjoys a lifetime appointment as a federal judge — and can only be removed from his $200,000/year job-for-life if he is impeached and found guilty by Congress.
Fuller, a Republican George W. Bush appointee to the federal bench, sits in judgment of others. For example, rather than recuse himself for blatant conflicts of interest, he sent former Alabama Gov. Don Siegelman to federal prison for 6.5 years for something that 113 bipartisan former state Attorneys General argue was never a crime before the popular Democratic Governor was charged with it.
America was outraged by the video tape showing Rice knocking out his then-fiancée (now wife) in mid-February.
America hardly even knows about Judge Fuller dragging his wife around the hotel room by her hair and striking her repeatedly in the mouth, leaving blood behind on the bathroom tub in early August, despite a police report and a 911 call during which his wife begs for police and an ambulance and repeatedly says “Help me, please. Please help me. He’s beating on me.” The 911 dispatcher reportedly says during the call that she can hear the Judge hitting the woman.
From The Washington Post:
From Ray Rice to a federal judge, is the system too lenient in domestic violence cases?
By Diana Reese
U.S. District Judge Mark Fuller, who presides in the Middle District of Alabama, has walked away from a domestic violence case with a plea deal that avoids jail time and could expunge the case from his record. He might even be able to return to the bench. For life.
“It’s a slap in the face to victims and survivors of domestic violence,” said Ruth Glenn, interim director of the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence and herself a survivor of domestic violence. “It’s sending a horrible message.”
And it’s a lot like another domestic violence case in the news this week: that of Ray Rice. Several journalists at Southern newspapers have pointed out the similarities — and they’re calling for the removal of Fuller from the bench. Birmingham, Ala., news columnist John Archibald calls Fuller “a 56-year-old punk kid” who should be impeached. CNN’s senior legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin also chimed in, explaining that domestic abuse “is a crime to be resolved by the legal system.”
Fuller was arrested Aug. 9 after his wife, Kelli, called 911, telling the dispatcher: “He’s beating on me. Please help me.” She was treated by paramedics for cuts to her face.
According to various media reports, the couple, from Montgomery, Ala., started arguing during their stay at the downtown Atlanta Ritz-Carlton about his alleged affair with a law clerk, and it escalated into physical violence. Fuller claimed that his wife threw a glass at him and he was defending himself. Mrs. Fuller said her husband was drunk and that he pulled her hair, hit and kicked her and threw her down.
He was charged with misdemeanor battery, which can carry a sentence of up to 12 months in jail and a $1,000 fine.
He appeared in Atlanta Magistrate Court on Friday, accepting a plea deal that requires him to undergo weekly counseling through a domestic violence program for 24 weeks as well as have an alcohol and drug evaluation; if he’s successful, the charge will be removed from his record.
It feels like Fuller has failed to accept any responsibility for what happened in that Atlanta hotel room. Nor has he apologized publicly. Although his statement, released through his
attorneys, does express regret, he regrets that his decision to take the plea deal “means that the full and complete facts regarding this incident will likely not come out.”
But he’s accepting the deal for “the best interests” of his family, and he goes on to say how “very embarrassing” the incident has been.
Fuller’s divorce records from 2012 included accusations of abuse, infidelity and drug use.
Fuller is receiving his annual salary of of $199,100 while he undergoes treatment, and he’s been removed from hearing cases. Meanwhile, the chief judge of the 11th Circuit has sent Fuller a complaint as part of the judicial discipline process under federal law. While impeachment is the only way to remove federal judges, who are appointed to life terms, they can be censured, reprimanded or requested to resign.
Fuller was appointed to the bench in 2002 by then-President George W. Bush. He presided over the bribery trial of former Alabama governor Don Siegelman and former HealthSouth CEO Richard Scrushy in 2006.
There are no statistics on arrest and conviction rates for those who perpetuate domestic violence, said Glenn, but “the consequences, in general, are not enough.”
It’s critical, she said, to hold abusers accountable.
She was among those attending the ceremony to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the Violence Against Women Act on Tuesday (ironic timing considering the events in the news), during which Vice President Biden called violence against women “the ugliest form” of violence and said victims need a conviction to recover.
Diana Reese is a journalist in Overland Park, Kan. Follow her on Twitter at @dianareese.
Vice-President Joe Biden said that the NFL “did the right thing,” finally, in response to the “brutal” attack by Rice. The White House issued a statement declaring Rice’s actions “contemptible and unacceptable in a civilized society.” The statement by WH Press Secretary Josh Earnest, after speaking to the President, went on to say: “Hitting a woman is not something a real man does, and that’s true whether or not an act of violence happens in the public eye, or, far too often, behind closed doors. Stopping domestic violence is something that’s bigger than football — and all of us have a responsibility to put a stop to it.”
All of that is true. But where is the outrage over Fuller beating his wife bloody just weeks ago and receiving no actual punishment at all? Where are the outraged desk-thumping talking heads? Where are the Senators and Presidential statements decrying the domestic abuse by a sitting federal judge currently enjoying a lifetime appointment, who can only be “fired” by a dysfunctional U.S. Congress? Where are the calls from anyone in that branch of Government to impeach Judge Mark Fuller?
Can you say double standard? Can you say one is more horrific based on the video? Can you say race card played in reverse? One thing about domestic violence, you don’t get to pick which is worse, all domestic violence is unacceptable, no matter the gender or the skin color. Hey N.O.W., why no banners flying over Judge Fuller’s house on Sundays, calling for HIM to resign?
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