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Closet Nazi Federal Judge a Disgrace to the Judiciary But Not an Anomaly

Richard Cebull

Even federal judges are now joining the racists in their public contempt for President Barack Obama america’s first Black president.

The latest Obama closet Nazi 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, can a Black man or woman standing in-front this bastard hope to get any justice.

But here is the truth: Cebull is an arrogant, influential conservative who believes that he can say whatever he wants about Obama and get away with it. And he’s probably right: Federal judges are appointed for life and can only be removed if they are impeached by Congress. So our Capitol Hill legislators could show some courage and debate whether Cebull crossed the line.

In a recent interview, Cebull flip-flopped and admitted the email was racist, but maintained that he doesn’t consider himself a racist and that the note was meant to remain private. Of course it was. Cebull got busted.

“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,” the judge said.  “I didn’t send it as racist, although that’s what it is. I sent it out because it’s anti-Obama.”

But for Cebull, being “anti-Obama” seems to be synonymous with hate, racism and disrespecting the office of the president of the United States – at least while there’s a black man in the White House.

Every now and then, the curtain gets pulled back, and we get a glimpse into the mindset of a high-level white civil servant. And sadly, the racism that’s being uncovered is much more prevalent, more mean-spirited than the public realises.

This time the light was shined on Cebull, who offered a half-baked apology for his bigoted e-mail, saying he could “understand why people would be offended.”

Offended? That’s no apology; that’s a shameless copout by a judge who should not be presiding over a wet t-shirt contest.

Rep. Emanuel Cleaver, (D-MO) chair of the Congressional Black Caucus, stopped short of calling for Cebull to step down.

“Chief Judge Richard Cebull’s email was deplorable, shameful and inexcusable,” Cleaver said in a statement Thursday. “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….comments like this are beyond disrespectful and ignorant.”

Consider the statement that’s prominently posted on Cebull’s federal court web site: “The mission of the United States District Court for the District of Montana is to support, defend and preserve the Constitution of the United States by providing an impartial forum for the just resolution of disputes.”

There’s no way imaginable that Cebull can offer an “impartial forum” for anyone Black who is a defendant in his courtroom. Imagine the number of other white federal judges who were appointed by Republican presidents, who perhaps also have disdain for Obama and who oversee courtroom trials through a racial prism.

Cebull said he sent the bigoted email joke to six of his “old buddies.” Who are these buddies? Are they judges, too? Are they prosecutors? Are they trial attorneys? If they have anything to do with cases in Cebull’s courtroom, then his “old buddies” are also ethically compromised.

“We act so as to protect individual rights and freedoms, preserve judicial independence and promote public trust in the Judiciary of the United States of America,” according to the statement on the federal court web site. Cebull certainly isn’t promoting public trust. As a matter of fact, he’s doing everything within his power to undermine the public trust in Montana and across the country.

He’s an embarrassment to the entire judicial system.

Cebull may not be an official card-carrying member of Montana’s 13 white-supremacist hate groups, but he’s proudly carrying their racist message.

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