Montana judge who slurred Obama quits the bench

, The National Law Journal


U.S. District Judge Richard Cebull, the former chief judge in Montana who filed a complaint against himself last year after acknowledging that he sent a racist email about President Obama, has announced plans to retire by May 3.

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  • Jerri Cook

    As professionals, we must always remember to keep our personal opinions, as well as our off-center sense of humor, out of work-related matters. No niceties, no jokes. Just business. Yes, it makes for a dull, unrewarding workplace, but if it were supposed to be fun, you wouldn't have to be paid to do it, now would you?

    I thought the joke was hysterical. But then, I work only for myself.

  • Chilawyer

    The "joke" was offensive and stupid, But Robert is dead wrong in calling Obama the "boss" of this federal judge. Obama is "boss" of the executive branch, while the Judge Cebull is a member of the judicial branch. Under our country's separation of powers, no president is the boss of any federal judge, although every federal judge is appointed by the President with the consent of the Senate.

  • Robert

    I agree with the comments above! How can you be in the governments employ in a position of authority and make such comments about your boss the president while maintaining impartiality on subject matters that may come before you regarding his directives? anctax com

  • Buffalo

    Every African-American defendant, every African-American litigant for that matter, who was ever a party before this clown has a potential beef regarding his obvious bias. An "anti-Obama Joke" he claims! How disrespectful not only to the President, but also to his late mother. I wonder if there've been any comments from the President who appointed him, or the Senator(s) who sponsored his appointment.

  • JW

    I'm not sure how any judge that old, who is also the chief judge, could write something so rude about the President and not call into question his professional judgment and every ruling he has ever made.

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