According to news reports Richard Cebull, Montana’s chief federal judge, has admitted to forwarding an email comparing African-Americans to dogs and implying that President Barack Obama’s mother had sex with animals.
Cebull’s email, obtained by the Great Falls Tribune, reads: “Normally I don’t send or forward a lot of these, but even by my standards, it was a bit touching. I want all of my friends to feel what I felt when I read this. Hope it touches your heart like it did mine.”
A joke then follows: “A little boy said to his mother; ‘Mommy, how come I’m black and you’re white?’ His mother replied, ‘Don’t even go there Barack! From what I can remember about that party, you’re lucky you don’t bark!'”
Reportedly Cebull then forwarded the offensive email from his official court account to six “old buddies,” who then forwarded to others.
In an interview with the Tribune, Cebull maintained he did not send the email because it was racist, but because it was ‘anti-Obama.’
“The only reason I can explain it to you is I am not a fan of our president, but this goes beyond not being a fan,” Cebull said. He agreed the email was racist, but said he personally was not.
“This is a private thing that was, to say the least, very poor judgment on my part,” he said.
Poor Judge Cebull, this isn’t a case of just “very poor judgment” it’s another in a long line of overt uber-conservative racism. The e-mail wasn’t critical of the President’s policies it was a slap at his race, and at his mother, and it’s beneath the office of a federal judge. You’re not some high school or college student making a mistake, you’re a federal judge sending racist emails about the President of the United States.
Cebull’s ability to rule on cases involving African-Americans is now seriously in question, and defense attorneys should begin reviewing their client’s cases to see if there was a chance rulings were made based, in any way, on race and should begin appealing those cases. Additionally, Cebull’s ability to rule on future cases involving African-Americans can now be called into question. Cebull has demonstrated his lack of judgment, and he needs to step down.