Judge's Lies May Raise Standards For Court Discipline

By Andrew Strickler (September 21, 2015, 7:35 PM EDT) -- Revelations that now-resigned Alabama federal judge Mark Fuller repeatedly lied to investigators who found "substantial evidence" of a pattern of violence against his wife will prompt chief justices to tighten disciplinary standards and eschew some informal avenues for handling problem judges, experts said.

Timeline of Events

Aug. 9, 2014: Judge Fuller is arrested in an Atlanta hotel and charged with battery after his wife calls 911 to report an assault.

Sept. 5, 2014: Fuller enters a court diversion program and agrees to undergo domestic violence and substance abuse counseling.

Sept. 23, 2014: Eleventh Circuit Judge Gerald Tjoflat appoints a five-judge committee...

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