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It has been six months since the Ninth Circuit Courts of Appeals began the process of reviewing whether Federal Judge Richard Cebull's actions in sending a politically motivated racist email from his office computer qualifies as judicial misconduct.

On March 1, Cathy A. Catterson, Circuit and Court Appeals Executive of the Ninth Court, issued the following statement: "Chief District Judge Cebull has publicly acknowledged that he has acted inappropriately. By letter to Chief Judge Alex Kozinski of the Ninth Circuit, Judge Cebull has initiated the process by which a complaint of judicial misconduct will be brought against him. Chief Judge Kozinski has informed the Judicial Council of the Ninth Circuit of the complaint. The Judicial Council is expected to act expeditiously in investigating and resolving this matter."

The facts in this matter appear to be beyond dispute, and the judge readily admits to sending the racist email. The court promised to act "expeditiously.” What is taking the court so long to review this matter and issue a judgment?

Larry Kenney

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