The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals
will investigate a federal judge from Montana who admitted that he circulated a racist e-mail about President Barack
asked the 9th Circuit to initiate a "complaint of judicial misconduct," the appeals court said in a statement
"Chief District Judge Cebull has publicly acknowledged that he has acted inappropriately," the statement read.
Cebull, who was nominated by former President George W. Bush, also sent a letter to President Obama, apologizing for his actions. A copy has been posted on the 9th Circuit's web page.
"I sincerely and profusely apologize to you and your family for the email I forwarded. I accept full responsibility; I have no one to blame but myself. I can assure you that such action on my part will never happen again. I have requested that the Judicial Council of the Ninth Circuit review this matter," Cebull wrote.
"Honestly, I don't know what else I can do. Please forgive me and, again, my most sincere apology," he concluded.
Cebull, a former judge for the Northern Cheyenne Tribe
, became chief judge of the U.S. District Court
He's now facing numerous calls to resign and lawmakers from Montana are reacting with caution to the situation.
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Groups call for Cebull's resignation
(The Great Falls Tribune 3/2)
Cebull asks for review of conduct on bench
(The Billings Gazette 3/2)Federal judge files complaint over his own e-mail message
(The National Law Journal 3/1)
Montana federal judge admits sending 'racist'
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