Montana U.S. District Judge Richard Cebull, who sent a racist email about President Obama and his mother in February 2012, has announced that he is going to retire May 3, after an investigation was ordered, reports the Daily Mail.
Judge Cebull forwarded an email that had the subject line 'A MOM'S MEMORY' and read: "Normally I don't send or forward a lot of these, but even by my standards, it was a bit touching. I want all of my friends to feel what I felt when I read this. Hope it touches your heart like it did mine."
"A little boy said to his mother; 'Mommy, how come I'm black and you're white? His mother replied, "Don't even go there Barack! From what I can remember about that party, you're lucky you don't bark!'"
Judge Cebull's sudden retirement came soon after the appellate court's Judicial Council issued a March 15 order to investigate into the email.
"The misconduct process is confidential. I am not privy to what the order said nor do I know what Judge Cebull's motivations were," said appellate court spokesman David Madden.
Judge Cebull wrote an apology to President Obama and filed a complaint against himself after The Great Falls Tribune published the email.
The Montana Human Rights Network filed a misconduct complaint against Judge Cebull and called for him to resign.
“We filed the complaint because we believed the email Cebull sent called into question his ability to perform his duties impartially and he did violate judicial conduct rules,” Kim Abbott, of the Montana Human Rights Network, told The Great Falls Tribune.
“We're happy that Montanans will be able to appear before a different judge, because Montanans deserve fairness. Women and people of color would have valid concerns appearing before judge Cebull.”
U.S. Senator Max Baucus (D-MT) has recommended that President Obama appoint state District Judge Susan Watters to replace Judge Cebull.