Federal Court Judge Richard Cebull, under pressure to step down, has decided to resign his position as chief judge for the District of Montana. In February, Judge Cebull who was originally nominated by President George W. Bush, admittedly passed along a racist anti-Obama email to seven people from his official courthouse e-mail address. Naturally, one wonders what kind of e-mail was so bad that it caused the federal judge to resign.
The e-mail was reportedly entitled "A Mom's Memory" and allegedly read as follows:
"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 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!' "
Judge Cebull explained his actions by stating, "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. I didn't send it as racist, although that's what it is. I just sent it out because it's anti-Obama."
Judge Cebull further stated that he is not racist and that the e-mail was private and never intended to be public. However as a Judge, Cebull is well aware that he is ethically bound and required to avoid even the appearance of impropriety. Notwithstanding, he disseminated this offensive e-mail which Cebull admits is racist, anti-Obama and in "very poor taste". Like it or not, when you hold office such as Judge Cabull, one is held to a higher standard and must take extra care in all that they do.
Long Island Lawyer
Paul A. Lauto, Esq.