Assistant District Attorney Brian Fuller has announced that he is a candidate for Criminal Court Judge for the 15th Judicial District.
The 15th Judicial District includes Trousdale, Macon, Smith, Jackson and Wilson Counties. The position is currently held by Judge David Durham who has decided to retire at the end of the term in 2014.
Fuller has been an Assistant District Attorney for 17 years. After graduating from law school in 1996, he began his career as a prosecutor in the 28th Judicial District in West Tennessee, which includes Gibson, Crockett and Haywood Counties. After serving as an Assistant District Attorney in the 28th district for two years, he returned home to Wilson County in 1999 where he was appointed Assistant District Attorney for the 15th Judicial District by District Attorney General Tommy Thompson. Fuller has served in that position for the last 15 years.
As a criminal prosecutor, Fuller has handled thousands of criminal cases in every court in the district. He has prosecuted cases in the General Sessions, Juvenile and Criminal Courts of each county.
Fuller has handled all types of cases on behalf of the State of Tennessee against criminal defendants. He has tried numerous jury trials and obtained convictions against defendants for crimes such as aggravated robbery, murder, attempted murder and sale of illegal narcotics.
He has served as the Criminal Court docket manager for the District Attorney’s Office in both Smith County from 2002 to 2005 and Wilson County from 2005 to the present.
“As docket manager in both Smith and Wilson Counties for the past 11 years, I feel I have the experience and knowledge required of the next Criminal Court Judge in order to step in on day one and do the job right," said Fuller. "As a prosecutor, I have had the opportunity to work closely with our law enforcement agencies at every level. I know the dangers and difficulties faced by our officers on a daily basis.
"I have provided assistance and guidance in investigations, drafted and reviewed search warrants, and worked with law enforcement, victims and witnesses in an effort to bring those accused of crimes to justice."
Fuller said, "In addition, I have been in a wonderful position to learn every day from people like District Attorney Tommy Thompson, Judge David Durham, Judge John Wootten and the late Judge J.O. Bond, as well as all of the other judges, prosecutors and attorneys with whom I have had the pleasure to work. No other candidate for this position will have more experience in the criminal court system.
"Over the last 17 years, I have also been uniquely positioned to see and understand where our criminal justice system can be improved," added Fuller. "Our justice system is overloaded with cases. Time management and scheduling are vital to a smooth and efficient court system. The next Criminal Court Judge must be able to prioritize cases and move cases efficiently through the system in order to give all parties involved, including the defendants, the State and the victims, a fair and speedy trial.
"A judge should be knowledgeable in the law, experienced in the court system and courteous to all who enter the courtroom. A judge should also be the gatekeeper of fairness not only for those accused of criminal offenses, but also, and just as importantly, for the victims of crime. A fair trial resulting in a conviction should end with swift and appropriate punishment.
"Serving this same court almost exclusively for the last 11 years and with 17 years as a prosecutor, I have not only the knowledge of the laws required, but the experience, vision, and demeanor needed to be the next Criminal Court Judge. This district cannot afford a training period for the new judge to learn on the job.”
Fuller was born and raised in Wilson County. He graduated from Lebanon High School in 1989 where he served as student body president. He attended Tennessee Technological University where he graduated in 1993 with a Bachelor of Science degree in political science. Fuller graduated from The University of Tennessee College of Law in Knoxville in 1996. While in law school he completed an internship with the Criminal Division of the United States Attorney’s Office in Knoxville.
Fuller has been married to his wife, Jennifer, since 1999. They reside in Lebanon with their two sons, Braden, 11, a sixth grader at Winfree Bryant Middle School and Bryce, 9, a fourth grader at Castle Heights Elementary.
Fuller is a 2001 graduate of Leadership Wilson. He is member of the Tennessee Bar Association and the Lebanon Wilson County Chamber of Commerce. He has been active for the last several years coaching his sons’ youth sports teams in the community including baseball, football and soccer.
“As a lifelong member of this community and someone who cares deeply about our justice system and the citizens that it affects, I believe I am the right person for this position," said Fuller. "I have the experience, values, knowledge and demeanor to do this job the right way from day one. In addition, I pledge that I will do my best to try to improve our court system every day. I respectfully ask for your support and vote on Aug. 7, 2014, for Criminal Court Judge for the 15th Judicial District.”