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Justice is not Blind: Chief U.S. District Judge Richard F. Cebull Should Resign

As you may know, Chief U.S. District Judge Richard F. Cebull in Montana, forwarded a severely vulgar and racist e-mail from his courthouse computer to several friends about President Barack Obama and the President's mother who is deceased.

The e-mail, which was supposed to be a joke, implied that President Obama's mother was promiscuous, engaged in interracial sex and bestiality with a dog. Since we already know the President is the product of an interracial relationship, there is also an implication that he is sub-human which is what racists think about minorities anyway. Cebull admitted his political dislike for the President but said he's not racist.

The judge eventually apologized to President Obama after his actions were made public, however, there is tremendous cause for concern about Cebull's lack of judgement and objectivity when serving in his official capacity. Several elected officials and human rights organizations have asked Cebull to resign. Thus far, he has refused.

He self-reported his actions and his case will go before the Ninth Circuit court. Such courts have limited authority to discipline district judges within their circuits so it's likely he will skate through that process with nothing more than a tongue lashing and Cebull knows that.

Also note that federal district, circuit and Supreme Court judges enjoy a lifetime appointment and can be forced from office only through impeachment by the House of Representatives and conviction in the Senate.

It is also particularly disturbing that insults to blacks are typically expected to be resolved with a mere apology but similarly offensive words or actions heaped at other ethnic groups are met with stronger punishment.

This situation is evidence that justice is not blind in all courtrooms in the United States of America. The e-mail Cebull forwarded was not a political joke, it was hateful, mean-spirited and racist. If Cebull feels that way about President Obama, there's no reason to feel he doesn't harbor similar feelings for all blacks, other minorities and women.

In his apology to President Obama, Cebull wrote: "Honestly, I don't know what else I can do." That's not a joke, he wrote that. Really.

What Chief U.S. District Judge Richard F. Cebull can do is resign. Until he does, he will continue to taint his robe and the robes of his fellow jurists.