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Judge to retire after inquiry into racist email

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 HELENA, Mont. (AP) -- Montana's chief federal judge will retire following an
inquiry into an email he forwarded that included a racist joke involving President
 Barack Obama.
   A statement posted Tuesday on the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals' website
says U.S. District Judge Richard Cebull submitted a retirement letter effective
May 3.
   The Billings judge previously announced he would take a reduced caseload and
step down as the chief judge. But Cebull signaled his intention to fully retire
after a judicial council issued a March 15 order following the investigation
into the email.
   The court's statement says the council's order is confidential during an appeal
 period.
   Cebull and another group requested an investigation after the contents of the
 February 2012 email were published by The Great Falls Tribune.

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