Attorneys seek to clear former Crow tribe chairman - KFBB.com News, Sports and Weather

Attorneys seek to clear former Crow tribe chairman

Posted: Updated:
By MATTHEW BROWN
Associated Press

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) - Civil rights attorneys say they hope to exonerate the Crow Indian Tribe's former chairman of a bribery conviction by obtaining unreleased emails from a federal judge reprimanded for sending racist correspondence.

Former Montana U.S. District Judge Richard Cebull sentenced Clifford Birdinground ("bird-in-ground") to three years in prison in 2003.

The 79-year-old Crow leader had pleaded guilty to taking kickbacks from a car dealership. When Birdinground sought to retract his plea and go to trial, Cebull rejected the request, a decision upheld on appeal.

Cebull resigned last year after an investigation into a racist email he sent involving President Barack Obama. A judicial committee determined he sent hundreds more inappropriate emails. Those have not been released.

Birdinground recently joined a legal petition to preserve Cebull's emails as potential evidence for future lawsuits.

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • City budget passes, Natatorium will close

    City budget passes, Natatorium will close

    Tuesday, July 17 2018 11:39 PM EDT2018-07-18 03:39:34 GMT
    Tuesday, July 17 2018 11:39 PM EDT2018-07-18 03:39:34 GMT

    The city commission passed the Great Falls annual $117.9 million city budget on Tuesday, with a lot of discussion on what the future holds. 

    The city commission passed the Great Falls annual $117.9 million city budget on Tuesday, with a lot of discussion on what the future holds. 

  • GFPD needs the public help to find Tamara "Tammy" Goff

    GFPD needs the public help to find Tamara "Tammy" Goff

    Friday, July 13 2018 3:23 PM EDT2018-07-13 19:23:05 GMT
    Tuesday, July 17 2018 4:46 PM EDT2018-07-17 20:46:45 GMT

    Just an hour ago the Great Falls Police Department issued a community alert for a missing person. The missing person's name is Tamara "Tammy" Goff. She was last seen leaving her residence in the 2100 block of 7th Ave North, in a 2008 black Chevrolet Colorado (MT plate 293204A), on July 12, 2018, at approximately 7am.  Tammy was said to be headed to the south end of Great Falls with her dog “Sadie”, a German Shepherd mix.  If you have any information a...

    Just an hour ago the Great Falls Police Department issued a community alert for a missing person. The missing person's name is Tamara "Tammy" Goff. She was last seen leaving her residence in the 2100 block of 7th Ave North, in a 2008 black Chevrolet Colorado (MT plate 293204A), on July 12, 2018, at approximately 7am.  Tammy was said to be headed to the south end of Great Falls with her dog “Sadie”, a German Shepherd mix.  If you have any information a...

  • Southwestern Montana town evacuated in chemical lab incident

    Southwestern Montana town evacuated in chemical lab incident

    Thursday, July 19 2018 3:47 PM EDT2018-07-19 19:47:12 GMT

    The small unincorporated community of Norris, near Bozeman, is reopened after authorities evacuated it on Tuesday while explosives were removed from a laboratory. 

    The small unincorporated community of Norris, near Bozeman, is reopened after authorities evacuated it on Tuesday while explosives were removed from a laboratory. 

  • NewsMore>>

  • Montana Treasure: Iris the Osprey and nest cam

    Montana Treasure: Iris the Osprey and nest cam

    Monday, July 16 2018 7:57 PM EDT2018-07-16 23:57:42 GMT

    MISSOULA - One Montana mom is known around the world. She only lives in the state in the summer, and her home is streamed online 24 hours a day.

    MISSOULA - One Montana mom is known around the world. She only lives in the state in the summer, and her home is streamed online 24 hours a day.

  • 7,000 stolen dog tags

    7,000 stolen dog tags

    Monday, July 16 2018 9:17 PM EDT2018-07-17 01:17:00 GMT
    Monday, July 16 2018 9:17 PM EDT2018-07-17 01:17:00 GMT

    GREAT FALLS- For almost two weeks, the Cascade County Sheriff’s Office has been searching for any signs of a stolen military bag taken on the Fourth of July. 

    GREAT FALLS- For almost two weeks, the Cascade County Sheriff’s Office has been searching for any signs of a stolen military bag taken on the Fourth of July. 

  • Two dead in Helena, investigation underway

    Two dead in Helena, investigation underway

    Monday, July 16 2018 2:21 PM EDT2018-07-16 18:21:37 GMT
    Monday, July 16 2018 7:22 PM EDT2018-07-16 23:22:05 GMT

    The Helena police department is investigating after two bodies were discovered inside a home along Hannaford Street. According to Lieutenant Jayson Zander, police were called to the scene around 10 a.m. Monday. When they arrived, they found the bodies of a man and a woman. 

    The Helena police department is investigating after two bodies were discovered inside a home along Hannaford Street. According to Lieutenant Jayson Zander, police were called to the scene around 10 a.m. Monday. When they arrived, they found the bodies of a man and a woman. 

  • Drunk driver crashes going 100 MPH on I-15

    Drunk driver crashes going 100 MPH on I-15

    Sunday, July 15 2018 7:42 PM EDT2018-07-15 23:42:29 GMT
    Sunday, July 15 2018 7:44 PM EDT2018-07-15 23:44:32 GMT

     Witnesses say the driver was traveling over 100 MPH and tried to light a cigarette, causing her car to go over the median and roll over.

     Witnesses say the driver was traveling over 100 MPH and tried to light a cigarette, causing her car to go over the median and roll over.

Powered by Frankly
Copyright - All content © 2001 - 2018. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy, Terms of Service, and Ad Choices.