Frog March

Several jobs ago I witnessed this, and I’ll never forget it.

One of my co-workers, who had held a responsible position, was walked out of the office by two security guards. He looked stunned.

His offense? He had sent a vulgar email on a company computer, on work time, to a co-worker who did not appreciate it and reported it. I heard that this was labelled ‘sexual harassment’. I didn’t think that was the best way to describe what he did wrong– but then I don’t know if he was making someone else miserable by hitting on them at work. If so, that would be harassment.

I did think that sending an inappropriate email under company heading–that could be sent anywhere and would reflect badly on the company–was grounds for firing. Organizations do have reputations to uphold.

So, how about the reputation of the law of the United States of America, in its dignity, in its impartiality, in its mission of ‘justice for all’. We call a judge, ‘your honor’ because we expect them to act with honor. ‘With great power comes great responsibility’ as Stan Lee said. I’d like to know how this lunkhead ever got appointed to anything… Oh wait–he was one of ‘W’s appointments.

HELENA — Chief U.S. District Judge Richard Cebull on Wednesday admitted to sending a racially charged email about President Barack Obama from his courthouse chambers.

Cebull, of Billings, was nominated by former President George W. Bush and received his commission in 2001 and has served as chief judge for the District of Montana since 2008.

The judge insists that this should not lead anyone to jump to the conclusion that he is a man of less than the highest integrity…

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

Travis McAdam, executive director for the Montana Human Rights Network , said the email contained highly racist rhetoric unbecoming of a federal judge.

“It’s one thing if the judge is not a fan of President Barack Obama, but you would think someone in his position would articulate that in a way that criticizes his policy decisions or his position on issues,” McAdam said. “We have a hard time believing that a legitimate criticism of the president involves distributing a joke that basically compares African Americans with animals.”

He was simply disrespecting our President. So that’s okay. The joke is also a horrible slur on President Obama’s late mother. To which I say, “Judge Sebull–your mother!”

Beyond that– can anyone trust his honesty or impartiality when he judges and sentences the ordinary people who have no defender but the integrity of the law?

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6 responses

  1. Several US Attorneys were fired by the Bush administration,not several Federal judges as you stated.A Federal judge can only be removed by impeachment proceedings in the US Congress.
    FWIW Clinton fired EVERY serving US Attorney when he took office-it was his prerogative as President-Bush didn’t even go that far by a long stretch-I think he fired 8 US Attorneys-it was his option under law,whether you like his reasons or not.

    1. Thanks for the correction.

  2. I believe Joe is right about US Attorneys, not judges being dismissed.

    That said, I’ve always speculated there was a racist edge to the many unreasonable attacks (e.g from “birthers” for those who call him Muslim, socialist, an America-hater etc) on President Obama even though nobody ever admits to this. Fortunately, I think there is relatively little of that in Rhode Island, I have a hard time picturing any of our judges sending such an e-mail.

    1. One nedden’t have a ‘racist edge’to dislike Obama.I dislike him specifically for the fact that I don’t like his policies and his way of deprecating the very country he represents to the world.
      I disliked Jimmy Carter for pretty much the same reasons.Last I checked Jimmy Carter was a White guy.

  3. Come on ,A U.S. Court Judge sends this from his chambers, then has the gull to say we should not jump to conclusions that he is of the Highest integrity. This is the community Our President has had to endure. I don’t know when I’ve been so disgusted with Americans or so mad at bigots disguised as cival servants. I am so sorry Mr. President that you should have to endure this ignorance!

    1. I have to agree that when you’re a judge,you need to cool your jets a little(at least)on the personal comment type stuff-it comes with the territory.
      Let’s face it-most judges are just political hacks that got anointed with the magic title.
      We’re all entitled to be be prejudiced or whatever-there’s no law against being stupid-but when you accept a certain level of public responsibility then you have to accept a certain level of restraint in voicing your opinion on matters of political viewpoints.
      Also on racial hangups.I really feel bad for people who still go there.They are missing out on so much.

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