I've read several of the documents regarding the ethics complaints against Judge Fuller. As much as it pains me, I think Glenn Brenner said it most succinctly: “I don’t think he had a great deal of respect for the system in which he worked.”
That's the feeling I got as I read what people said, and what Judge Fuller said. This appears to be a man with a great deal of cynicism about the process in which he was an integral cog. I think the cynicism is warranted, but Pete's actions often were not. He also appeared to suffer from black robe fever, a disease characterized by one's arrogance and the ability to stifle anyone's inclination to say to one, "You're acting like an asshole."
The evidence I've read points one direction; out the door for "Judge" Fuller, maybe back into the Lead law office with the VW microbus with the license plate that reads, "Probable Cause" (or a shortened version thereof, according to the documents).
That's not sad, aside from the fact that Fuller distrusted cops and hated the drug laws. What's sad is that Brenner and all the folks still in the system DO have a lot of respect for it. Cops lie incessantly in court. The judges and prosecutors know, encourage it, and snicker about it, but they have respect for the "system," maybe (sniffle) the best goddam system on Earth. A system where prosecutors routinely extort money from people in return for dropping of false charges. A system where people are routinely imprisoned for acts that no sane person calls a crime.
No, Pete, it's not sad you're out of that.