Meet Montana's Racist Federal Judge - Richard Cebull

A United States District Court Judge, appointed by President George W. Bush to the bench in 2001, is a racist.  U.S. District Judge Richard Cebull forwarded an e-mail message that his brother sent him to "a few friends."  The Great Falls, Montana Tribune reported that the message was 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!'"

Yesterday, Judge Cebull, the Chief Federal Judge for his District, "apologized."  He said, "To say it's inappropriate and stupid is an extreme understatement.  There is no douubt it's racist.  It wasn't forwarded for that purpose.  If anything, it was political." 

In the interview with the Great Falls newspaper, Cebull said that his conduct in court over many years has shown that he is not a racist.  He admitted that the public got that impression from that e-mail "And I don't blame them, " he said.  He also said, "The only reason I can explain it to you is that I am not a fan or our president, but this goes beyond not being a fan.  I didn't send it as racist, although that's what it is.  I sent it out because it's anti-Obama."

So it's ok as long as his intent was to smear the president.  Hey Judge, you are sworn to uphold the laws of the United States, not act like you're putting on a white pointed hood on the weekends.    

 Racist U.S. District Judge Cebull

If you're a racist, shouldn't you at least keep that to yourself?  Not Judge Cebull, because he's proud of it.  He's anti-Obama so that makes it ok. 

By the way, Judge Cebull, my daughter is mixed-race - Did her mother have sex with a dog to conceive her?  Haven't heard her bark yet.

Unfortunately, Judge Cebull has, through the mere forwarding of an e-mail from his brother (what a guy he must be) advanced, perpetuated, and confirmed what many Americans already believe about residents of Montana.  There are certain places in this country that I have not been and do not care to go.  Montana, beautiful as the landscape may be, isn't for me.

Unfortunately for those citizens who seek justice in his courtroom, Judge Cebull has a lifetime appointment.  That's the finest perk there is in American jurisprudence.  Become a federal judge and you're in for life.  Of course, something may happen where the public calls for your resignation, but no one can vote Judge Cebull out and President Obama can't unappoint him.  (He could be impeached, but that's highly unlikely.)  Instead, various groups are calling for Judge Cebull's resignation.

Bob Edgar, president and CEO of Common Cause, said that the "apology" wasn't enough.  "If he has any respect for his office and for ideals of equality and human dignity on which our country was founded, Judge Cebull will step down today.  The message he has acknowledged circulating demonstrates a lack of judicial temprament that ought to disqualify him from further service."

It's just me, but if Judge Cebull had the respect for ideals of human dignity he would not have forwarded that e-mail.  Thus, he won't step down.  He couldn't even muster a legitimate apology.

According to the Great Falls Tribune, Missouri Democratic Congressman Emanuel Cleaver, II, chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus, called Cebull’s e-mail “beyond disrespectful and ignorant.”

“Chief Judge Richard Cebull’s email was deplorable, shameful and inexcusable,” Cleaver said. “There is no way to shroud hatred under the cloak of differences in ideals. The email was blatantly racist and filled with the hateful rhetoric this country has strived so desperately to leave behind. An apology alone is not acceptable.”

I hope this guy is brought before every judicial misconduct panel imaginable, apologizes over and over, and then is forced to resign.  He'll still keep his nice, tidy federal pension and probably practice racist law in Montana.  Shame on this fool.

When will people in this country, especially those whose livelihood requires them to swear to uphold the constitution of the United States of America, look beyond the color of someone's skin?

Will it be in my lifetime?  The clock is ticking and my time is growing shorter.


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  • Well, a literal reading of the quote, would actually not be racist. But it is easy to make it so, if you are so inclined, and apparently your Bush derangement syndrome makes you so inclined. It was absolutely crucial to the story that the judge was appointed by Bush, right.

    The line, from what I remember about the party, your lucky that you don't bark, is most obviously a reference to being so drunk that the mom didn't remember whom(or in this case what) she had sex with.

    Clearly a legitimate punch line to a joke, but apparently not if you are talking about the first African American President(which, by the way, he is not, if you want to be genetically accurate).

    The same line could have been used regardless of the color of the fathers skin, and absolutely does not compare blacks to dogs, unless of course you want it to, which apparently you do, and is important to you to do so.

    But some people will do anything to create a racial incident, especially when it comes to defending Obama. And those same people(even the supposed feminists) have no problem with Bill Maher "jokingly" calling Sarah Palin a cunt, repeatedly. Hypocrisy, anyone.

    The are still many racists among us, and today most of them are not old white men.

  • In reply to BigWay:

    Thanks for the comment. I have never heard of Bush derangement syndrome, but I'll google it to check the symptoms. I wasn't so much as defending Obama as I was trying to understand why people who are placed in positions of authority do such stupid things and then try to play them off like it wasn't a big deal. Racist or not, the judge is an idiot

  • In reply to John Chatz:

    When you say "what many Americans already believe about residents of Montana" you're revealing yourself as also being somewhat racist. I'm from Montana and I find your phobic statement to be an unfounded stereotype that's extremely insulting and demeaning. Talk about the pot telling the kettle that it has some carbon buildup on its outer surfaces.

  • Here is a local view about why this is so distressing and the implications it might have concerning Cebull's future rulings.

  • In reply to Montanian:

    Thank you for commenting. I read the story and agree. A federal judge should never even express political leanings one way or the other, apologies and efforts to skirt the issue notwithstanding.

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