It’s funny, I literally just had the typical debate with a conservative about their denial of the rampant racism that plagues the Republican party. My assertion being that while not all conservatives are racists, most racists I meet tend to be conservatives.
I think I could take Republicans more seriously if they would at least own up to the fact that a lot of their party is driven by racism. But then again, what would that say about them? After all, if you support a party that you admit has a decent amount of racism within it, wouldn’t they then be supporting racism?
I guess that’s why so many deny that it exists.
Well, just as that debate was winding up, I noticed a story come across my screen concerning the federal judge appointed by George W. Bush who last year was caught sending a racist email about President Obama. A situation that prompted possibly the most hilarious and downright pathetic defense I think I’ve ever seen.
At that time, Judge Richard Cebull’s defense of the email was that it “was not intended by me in any way to become public.” In other words, “Yes, I’m a racist, but you weren’t supposed to see that.”
Well, it wasn’t long after this email became public that the Judicial Council of the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals opened a misconduct review of Judge Cebull.
And wow, he’s a piece of work.
The Associated Press reported:
A former Montana judge who was investigated for forwarding a racist email involving President Barack Obama sent hundreds of other inappropriate messages from his federal email account, according to the findings of a judicial review panel released Friday.
Former U.S. District Judge Richard Cebull sent emails to personal and professional contacts that showed disdain for blacks, Indians, Hispanics, women, certain religious faiths, liberal political leaders, and some emails contained inappropriate jokes about sexual orientation, the Judicial Council of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals found.
Many of the emails also related to pending issues that could have come before Cebull’s court, such as immigration, gun control, civil rights, health care and environmental issues, the council found in its March 15, 2013, order.
Basically, he has disdain for everyone who isn’t a white, Christian heterosexual male. In other words, someone just like him. Seeing as how a judge needs to be completely impartial when presiding over a case, his conduct is completely unacceptable.
Luckily the 9th Circuit wasted no time in addressing this scumbag.
They issued a public reprimand, instructed that the judge receive no new cases for 180 days, ordered him to complete a new round of judicial training, and told the judge he must issue an apology that acknowledged “the breadth of his behavior.”
Unfortunately, all of these sanctions are moot as this coward immediately resigned upon hearing of the judicial council’s report.
Apparently someone was trying to keep all of this quiet until Judge Theodore McKee petitioned the panel to make their findings public, to which the committee agreed.
And I’m glad they did.
What they found was absolutely reprehensible. I’m glad this man is no longer a federal judge. I just can’t help but wonder how many lives might have been unfairly ruined due to the despicable nature, bigotry, racism and ignorance of this terrible human being.
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