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Judge unlikely to face removal for racist message about Obama
Richard Cebull said his conduct in office shows that he's not a racist, but the public got that impression.
March 2nd, 2012
04:14 PM ET

Judge unlikely to face removal for racist message about Obama

By Bill Mears and Moni Basu, CNN

(CNN) - Come this summer, Judge Richard Cebull will be conducting business in a brand new $79 million federal courthouse in Billings, Montana, paid for through President Obama's economic recovery program. That is, if Cebull survives the firestorm engulfing him for forwarding a racist e-mail about the president.

Several advocacy groups and lawmakers have called for Cebull's resignation, but the judge will probably not face any harsh punitive action, said CNN legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin.

It's rare and generally very difficult to force federal judges from office. They receive tenure, and the Constitution guarantees they can remain on the bench during good behavior.

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  1. el8anonino7

    Democrat

    March 4, 2012 at 11:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dduke

      Lets get some chicken and be friends

      March 5, 2012 at 8:30 am | Report abuse |
  2. Keith T.

    and uh Dduke I think the joke is funny and not racist, its a joke, I get it. He is a judge need I say more. But Dduke guest what, black people do the same thing, so do Spanish, Asians etc. everyone do it to feel better than the rest. It's your comments that are racist, but its your world, you white guys made everything and own everything. But you gotta love America you can say what you like and still live to say it again, most people are not as fortunate. But I know you know when to open you racist mouth, don't you.

    March 4, 2012 at 7:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dduke

      Keith you must be black?? I saw your comment with violent tones to it, typical. How many blacks will be in violent situations today because they lack control?? Who needs rope? If your race is so great, why can't in 2012 you remove the jungle??

      March 5, 2012 at 8:27 am | Report abuse |
  3. Tom

    How shocking. A white man accused of being a racist. Most of the racist people I have seen and met are not white, but only white people ever make the news for that. Good job liberal reporters. Keep up the process of appealing to the uneducated and easily swayed.

    March 3, 2012 at 7:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • anony898787

      not really Tom, history backs the white racism has much more baggage than any other kind of racism.

      March 3, 2012 at 11:51 pm | Report abuse |
      • Dduke

        History shows the whites creating mostly everything as well

        March 4, 2012 at 4:00 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Dduke

    So a joke on promiscuity is racist???

    March 3, 2012 at 6:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • anony898787

      Your name makes your comment undeserving of any sort of analysis, I bet you voted for either Gingrich or Ron Paul

      March 3, 2012 at 11:54 pm | Report abuse |
  5. greatminds

    Judge Cebulls apology may be sincere, however is ignorance outweighs his apology. It's more likely he is sorry that he was caught. Dilike is one thing, but hatred is another and his fowarding this email with the personal heartfelt comment was fille with Hate which he has promptly passed on. Keep up the the goodwork America. Hate pass it on.

    March 3, 2012 at 12:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dduke

      Let's eat some fried chicken and get over it.....raised by whites but dreams of his impregate and runaway father.....typical

      March 3, 2012 at 6:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dduke

      Great minds you're a black pandering fool

      March 3, 2012 at 6:17 pm | Report abuse |
      • anony898787

        In which country do you think you live in? The way you're venting all your frustrations here makes me think that you are jobless and I am paying for your foodstamps with my hard earned taxes

        March 3, 2012 at 11:57 pm | Report abuse |
      • Keith T.

        Dduke, I like you very much. I bet you have a rope in your back pocket waiting for the right moment to hang someone that do not see life as you do. Let me remind you that this is 2012 and everyone is packing. So if I were you I would do what you are doing now keep hiding behind your computer screen. Love you white guys, you make America great!

        March 4, 2012 at 7:43 pm | Report abuse |
  6. leo

    I am not saying that a judge can’t have political and personal convictions, but when he shows such lack of judgment, such blatant disrespect for the image of a president then I supposed any African American convicted in his court, can now freely say that they were convicted because of a racist judge.

    March 3, 2012 at 11:54 am | Report abuse |
    • Dduke

      A joke makes him a racist?? Was he the author?? Was race clearly mentioned......get the f over it

      March 3, 2012 at 6:14 pm | Report abuse |
      • anony898787

        Thats right, vent all you can here, preferably here than with a gun in the street

        March 3, 2012 at 11:58 pm | Report abuse |
      • Dduke

        Unlike blacks that shoot and pillage everywhere?? Please go kiss some afro and watch the great world slip into mud

        March 4, 2012 at 3:58 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Romano

    Well aware of his life-time appointment, this was a brazen attempt to show disrespect to President Obama. The leak was deliberate and apology a sham.

    March 3, 2012 at 6:25 am | Report abuse |
  8. Stuart

    If he is racist, then doesnt that mean he would be biased in his cases involving persons of color? Justice is blind, but this guy apparently has strong bias going for him

    March 3, 2012 at 3:59 am | Report abuse |