The Montana Human Rights Network this week delivered to Chief U.S. District Judge Richard Cebull a petition with more than 2,800 signatures calling for his resignation for an offensive email the judge admitted forwarding to others.
Travis McAdam, executive director of the Helena-based organization, said Thursday that the petition was delivered to Cebull on Monday. About 1,100 signatures came from people who said they lived in Montana and while the rest came from out-of-state residents, he said in a written statement.
The rights group also has filed a formal complaint against Cebull with the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals saying the judge's racist and sexist email violated codes of conduct and the public's trust.
Cebull apologized for his actions and has asked for a review by the 9th Circuit. Cebull has declined to comment further while the matter is pending before the appellate court.