Joking Montana Judge a Disgrace to the Bench

Michael H. Cottman
The Chicago Tribune

Calling him a disgrace to the bench, BlackAmericaWeb blogger and author Michael H. Cottman lambastes the Montana federal judge accused of sending racially incendiary emails about the president. Cottman says he is not judge material.

So it's come to this: Even federal judges are now joining the racists in their public contempt for President Barack Obama.

The latest Obama hater to be exposed is the chief federal judge of Montana, who admitted Thursday to sending a despicable, racially incendiary email under the subject line "A Mom's Memory" that likened Obama to a dog.

Chief U.S. District Judge Richard Cebull sent this email joke to his "old buddies" about Obama: "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!'"

Cebull, who was appointed by President George W. Bush in 2001 and has been the chief judge since 2008, added another sarcastic nugget to his email that he apparently thought was witty.

"Normally I don’t send or forward a lot of these, but even by my standards, it was a bit touching," Cebull wrote to his sidekicks. "I want all of my friends to feel what I felt when I read this. Hope it touches your heart like it did mine."

Cebull first denied the email was racist. He did, however, admit that his email was "anti-Obama."

So where is the outrage? The rationalization for Cebull's racism was absurd, and frankly, federal judges who spew racist rhetoric — even by email — should not be allowed to serve on the bench.

Read Michael H. Cottman's entire blog entry at BlackAmericaWeb.


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