Gavel Grab

For Judge Who Forwarded Racist E-Mail, Full Retirement Ahead

Senior Federal District Judge Richard Cebull, a Montanan who apologized for forwarding a racist and sexist e-mail about President Obama, has submitted a letter stating he will retire fully from the bench on May 3, according to Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals Chief Judge Alex Kozinski.

A special committee investigated both a complaint that Judge Cebull filed against himself and another, and submitted its report to the Judicial Council in December 2012, according to a statement by Judge Kozinski.

The Judicial Council issued an order and memorandum March 15. They are to be confidential during an appeal period, Judge Kozinski wrote.

There was coverage of Judge Cebull’s retirement intentions in the San Francisco Chronicle, Courthouse News Service, the Billings (MT.) Gazette and Huffington Post. Filing complaints against Judge Cebull were the Montana Human Rights Network and Common Cause; the latter is a JAS partner group. You can read more about the controversy over Judge Cebull by clicking here for Gavel Grab.

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