Panel chosen to review judge over Obama email


Salon Staff
April 6, 2012 5:54AM (UTC)

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — The chief judge of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has appointed a special committee to investigate misconduct allegations against a federal judge who forwarded an email with a racist joke involving bestiality and President Barack Obama's mother.

The Great Falls Tribune reports (http://bit.ly/HhHtYU ) that Chief Judge Alex Kozinski appointed a five-judge panel on March 23 to investigate U.S. District Judge Richard Cebull's conduct.

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Cebull is among those who had sought the review from the appellate court.

Cebull has said he forwarded the email to a few friends because he is "not a fan" of the president. Critics say he should resign.

Kozinski appointed himself, two circuit judges and two district judges to the panel. Circuit Judge M. Margaret McKeown will preside over the case.

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Information from: Great Falls Tribune, http://www.greatfallstribune.com


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