Cebull circulated an email containing racist joke about Obama and his mother
Amid a tidal wave of outrage over Cebull’s remarks about President Obama, a disgraced jurist announced his plans to resign on May 3, 2013. Cebull is the chief federal judge of Montana. The perverted humor that ignited the maelstrom was contained in an email sent by Cebull to family and friends in February 2012 from his work computer with the subject line “A Mom’s Memory.” The text said:
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!”
In a note preceding the joke, Cebull wrote:
“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.”
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Reaction in Montana to Cebull’s resignation
After the Great Falls Tribune uncovered the email Cebull admitted to sending it and later publicly apologized. Cebull subsequently asked 9th Circuit Chief Judge Alex Kozinski to initiate an investigation into whether his transmittal of the email constituted misconduct under the Judicial Conduct and Disability Act.
Kim Abbott, of the Montana Human Rights Network, welcomed the news that Cebull would be fully stepping down next month. The network last year filed an official judicial misconduct complaint against Cebull and circulated a petition calling on the judge to resign.
We filed the complaint because we believed the email Cebull sent called into question his ability to perform his duties impartially and he did violate judicial conduct rules,” Abbott said Wednesday. “We’re happy that Montanans will be able to appear before a different judge, because Montanans deserve fairness. Women and people of color would have valid concerns appearing before judge Cebull.”
[Via Great Falls Tribune].
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