Posted: Apr 3, 2013 12:33 PM by Angela Douglas - MTN News
Updated: Apr 3, 2013 12:38 PM
BILLINGS - Montana's Chief U.S. District Judge has announced his retirement.
Friday May, 3 will be Judge Richard Cebull's final day on the bench in his Billings courtroom.
He has served on the federal bench in Montana since 2001. He became the state's chief judge in 2008, after serving as a U.S. Magistrate Judge from 1998 to 2001.
In February 2012, Cebull stirred a firestorm after forwarding a racially charged email about President Barack Obama's mother. The incident caused an outcry for him to step down from Montana's top judicial position. Early on, Cebull apologized for his email and even requested the inquiry into his own possible misconduct. The extensive investigation by a special committee included numerous witness interviews and heavy documentation. The committee submitted its report to the Judicial Council in December 2012. An order and memorandum was issued in mid-March, which remains confidential.
Cebull has been in senior status since October but recently submitted his retirement letter, effective May 3.