Anti-Obama Judge Who Sent Racist Email To Take Partial Retirement

Earlier this year, Chief Judge Richard Cebull, a George W. Bush appointee to the federal district court in Montana, forwarded a racist email suggesting that President Obama’s mother had sex with a dog. Cebull admitted his actions were unacceptable, and they are currently the subject of a misconduct review before the Judicial Council of the 9th Circuit. As an epilogue to this story, Cebull’s name was recently added to the list of judges who will take “senior status,” a kind of partial retirement where the judge hears a reduced caseload. Although there is no indication that his new status is related to the racist email, this nonetheless means that fewer litigants will be judged by a man who so recently showed such terrible judgment.