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Judge Richard Cebull, the Chief U.S. District judge in Billings, MT who was "strongly recommended" by Max Baucus and Conrad Burns in 2002, was busted yesterday for sending a racist email to his friends.

The email contained a joke about Obama, the implication of which is that Obama's mother got knocked up with the future president after attending a party at which many black men were present. These attendees were such animals, the punchline goes, that Obama's mother tells her son "just consider yourself lucky you don't bark."

The peachiest part of this story is Cebull's bungled but hilarious response when questioned by a reporter. Cebull says yes,

"the e-mail is racist, but I didn't send it as racist....I did not forward it because of the racist nature of it. Although it is racist, I'm not that way, never have been."
And the creepiest part of the story is the original email from Cebull, which he sent when he sent along the racist joke to his trailer park acquaintances.
"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."
"Touching" is not how most people would describe the joke, unless perhaps you are a judge who also moonlights for the KKK on nights and weekends.

And, as is often the case in these situations, Richard Cebull (perhaps he goes by "Dick") did not apologize for sending the email. Rather, he more narrowly apologized "to anyone that was offended."

This diary is cross-posted at the Montana Cowgirl Blog for those who would like to discuss this imbecile directly with Montanans.

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  •  Judicial Misconduct Complaint Form, 9th Circuit (5+ / 0-)

    Helpfully, Chief Judge Cebull's website includes this link to information on how to file a Judicial Misconduct Complaint against a federal judge in the 9th Circuit, along with a PDF of the Complaint Form:

    "Misconduct" in the 9th Circuit is defined as follows:

    Misconduct. Cognizable misconduct:
    (1) is conduct prejudicial to the effective and expeditious administration of the business of the courts. Misconduct includes, but is not limited to:
    (A) using the judge's office to obtain special treatment for friends or relatives;
    (B) accepting bribes, gifts, or other personal favors related to the judicial office;
    (C) having improper discussions with parties or counsel for one side in a case;
    (D) treating litigants or attorneys in a demonstrably egregious and hostile manner;
    (E) engaging in partisan political activity or making inappropriately partisan statements;
    (F) soliciting funds for organizations; or
    (G) violating other specific, mandatory standards of judicial conduct, such as those pertaining to restrictions on outside income and requirements for financial disclosure.
    (2) is conduct occurring outside the performance of official duties if the conduct might have a prejudicial effect on the administration of the business of the courts, including a substantial and widespread lowering of public confidence in the courts among reasonable people.
    (3) does not include:
    (A) an allegation that is directly related to the merits of a decision or procedural ruling. An allegation that calls into question the correctness of a judge's ruling, including a failure to recuse, without more, is merits-related. If the decision or ruling is alleged to be the result of an improper motive, e.g., a bribe, ex parte contact, racial or ethnic bias, or improper conduct in rendering a decision or ruling, such as personally derogatory remarks irrelevant to the issues, the complaint is not cognizable to the extent that it attacks the merits.
    (B) an allegation about delay in rendering a decision or ruling, unless the allegation concerns an improper motive in delaying a particular decision or habitual delay in a significant number of unrelated cases.
    Quoted from the Judicial Misconduct and Disability Rules tab in the link above. Emphasis added.

    The rules are strict but straightforward, and the complaint form is only 3 pages long... well worth the time it will take to get this guy some much needed attention from his judicial superiors.  Perhaps after he is disciplined, he can trade in his black robe for a white one with a hood.

    •  I looked into that, and it's a very cumbersome (1+ / 0-)
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      process.  For example, they want you to type out the .PDF form (which unlike most .PDF forms is NOT fillable via keyboard entry), so you have to find a typewriter.  Who has a typewriter any more?

      Then you have to submit five copies, with all the evidence, all in sealed envelopes specially marked.  Etc. etc.  And that's just to begin the process which looks like could be dragged out for a very long time.

      Basically the public shaming is going to be the way to go here.

      You have exactly 10 seconds to change that look of disgusting pity into one of enormous respect!

      by Cartoon Peril on Thu Mar 01, 2012 at 07:02:35 AM PST

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  •  of course and i post this because I (1+ / 0-)
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    don't think it should be connected with anyone who has been given responsibility for public trust and is supposed to defend and protect the Constitution.

    "This is a private thing that was, to say the least, very poor judgment on my part," Cebull said. "I did not forward it because of the racist nature of it. Although it is racist, I'm not that way, never have been."

    dangerous voter for a "dangerous president"; Präsidentenelf-maßschach; Warning-Some Snark Above"Nous sommes un groupuscule" (-9.50; -7.03) "Sciant terra viam monstrare."

    by annieli on Thu Mar 01, 2012 at 07:21:05 AM PST

  •  A genuine piece of human garbage (0+ / 0-)

    The "joke" is just sickening.

    •  Let's not go that far. He's a fool and a racist (0+ / 0-)

      but still human.  Right now we just need to make sure he doesn't get a chance to judge anyone any more.

      You have exactly 10 seconds to change that look of disgusting pity into one of enormous respect!

      by Cartoon Peril on Thu Mar 01, 2012 at 08:49:30 AM PST

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  •  How does a judge find someone in contempt of court (1+ / 0-)
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    after exhibiting behavior like this?

    Completely undermines his position.


    Happy little moron, Lucky little man.
    I wish I was a moron, MY GOD, Perhaps I am!
    —Spike Milligan

    by polecat on Thu Mar 01, 2012 at 10:11:07 AM PST

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