Primed to address allegations that an Alabama federal judge assaulted his wife is a system that quietly processes hundreds of claims of judicial misconduct per year.

Federal courts of appeals are supposed to make public how they deal with such matters. At the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit, where U.S. District Judge Mark Fuller’s behavior is being investigated, that means stashing binders of orders in a staff member’s office at the court’s administrative building in downtown Atlanta. Older files are locked in a storage room.

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