It looks like no judicial pension for Mr. Fuller, and coupled with his resignation that is the best result possible

Although you should read the entirety of it, here is the pertinent part of GOODLATTE & CONYERS STATEMENT ON JUDGE FULLER RESIGNATION issued by the Chairman and Ranking Member of the House Judiciary Committee:

When it became clear that the 11th Circuit would issue an order that Judge Fuller’s conduct could constitute grounds for impeachment, Judge Fuller decided to resign in shame. Once his resignation becomes effective, he will not qualify for either a judicial salary or be eligible for a judicial pension. If Judge Fuller does not resign on August 1st, as stated in his resignation letter, the House Judiciary Committee will consider whether impeachment is warranted once the Judicial Conference issues its final report.

Id. (Emphasis added by Kopf.)


H/t: How Appealing.

6 responses

  1. As I understand it the judge’s conduct that warrants his dismissal was the beating of his wife. Assuming that to be the case it appears as though depriving Judge Fuller of his pension will result in the wife getting beaten all over again. Note I have no sympathy for the judge just the recognition that whatever punishment he suffers will be imposed on the real victim in all of this.

  2. While certainly not condoning what Judge Fuller did to his wife, I think the punishment here far outweighs the crime. I can understand that the judge might not be viewed as having the moral authority to judge the rest of us after this incident, and with this in mind a resignation might be appropriate though harsh. (Personally, if it were an option, I’d suspend him without pay for a year or two.) But to also forfeit retirement benefits for a crime that’s fairly minor in the grand scheme of things and isn’t tied to official misconduct (at least like a bribery allegation might) just seems vindictive and excessive.

  3. Rob,

    You may wish to view Mr. Fuller’s calendar year 2011 financial disclosure statement. See here. The report was taken from Judicial If I am reading the site correctly, the 2011 report is the last report for Fuller uploaded by JW as of now.

    All the best.


  4. Bob,

    My opinion, previously expressed on this blog, is that the private conduct–assaulting one’s spouse in a hotel room–does not fit the precedents of the Senate for purposes of impeachment. That said, I don’t believe that the forced retirement plus loss of a federal judicial pension is too harsh. But reasonable people can disagree on this subject.

    All the best.


  5. More outcome-based jurisprudence. We went through this charade during the Clinton impeachment. There was nothing in British precedent (esp. Warren Hastings) that can come close to justifying this.

    It seems that the only REAL loser here is the rule of law. But Elvis left the building a long time ago….

  6. Maybe I’m bad at math, but I don’t see that his assets add up to all that much (assuming that was the point you were trying to make) unless you assume that all of them are at the top of the range (which I do not think is a fair assumption).

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