Statement by Chief Judge Alex Kozinski of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit

 

April 2, 2013

In March 2012, U.S. District Judge Richard F. Cebull, District of Montana, wrote to Ninth Circuit Chief Judge Kozinski and asked that an inquiry be conducted as to whether Judge Cebull's transmittal of an email containing racially offensive content constituted misconduct under the Judicial Conduct and Disability Act. 28 U.S.C. § 351 et seq.

Judge Cebull's self-filed complaint and another were referred to a Special Committee which conducted a thorough and extensive investigation, interviewed numerous witnesses, considered voluminous documentation, including emails, and conducted an interview with Judge Cebull. The Special Committee's Report was submitted to the Judicial Council in December 2012. On March 15, 2013 the Judicial Council issued an Order and Memorandum. Judicial Conduct Rule 20(f). Pursuant to Judicial Conduct Rules 22 and 24(a), the Order and Memorandum remains confidential during the appeal period.

At this time, Judge Cebull has submitted his retirement letter, pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 371(a), effective May 3, 2013. The Council will have no further statement on this matter until Judge Cebull's retirement is effective.