- Associated Press - Monday, June 22, 2015

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) - A judicial conduct committee is asking a federal court to throw out a lawsuit filed by two journalists seeking the release of racist emails from Montana’s former chief U.S. district judge.

The U.S. Committee on Judicial Conduct and Disability determined in findings published last year that Judge Richard Cebull sent hundreds of inappropriate messages from his court account.

The committee’s attorneys say results of its investigation, including the emails, are exempt from public disclosure. They asked U.S. District Judge Yvonne Gonzalez on Friday to dismiss the lawsuit filed in March by former Great Falls Tribune reporter John Adams and Shane Castle with Big Sky Investigative Reporting.

The keeper of the emails, 9th U.S. Circuit Court Executive Cathy Catterson, also wants the case dismissed.

Cebull stepped down in 2013.

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