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Mar 1, 2012 2:00 PM by David Sherman (Great Falls)

Judge Cebull's anti-Obama email forward sparks outrage

The Montana Human Rights Network is calling for federal judge Richard Cebull of Billings to resign after it was discovered that Cebull sent a controversial email disparaging President Barack Obama.

News of the email has circulated rapidly online, and is now being reported on many national news websites, including the Washington Post and Politico.

The group Common Cause also called for Cebull to resign.

Common Cause CEO Bob Edgar said, "If he has any respect for his office and for ideals of equality and human dignity on which our country was founded, Judge Cebull will step down today. The message he has acknowledged circulating demonstrates a lack of judicial temperament that ought to disqualify him from further service."

The Montana Human Rights Network has posted the following petition on its website:

On February 20, the chief federal judge in Montana, Richard Cebull, forwarded an e-mail to six individuals that included racist and misogynistic content. The content of this email dehumanizes people of color and women. People of color and women appearing before Judge Cebull will have valid concerns about his ability to treat them fairly.

The subject line of the email, which Cebull sent from his official courthouse email address reads: "A MOM'S MEMORY." The forwarded text reads as follows:

"Normally I don't send or forward a lot of these, but even by my standards, it was a bit touching. I want all of my friends to feel what I felt when I read this. Hope it touches your heart like it did mine. "A little boy said to his mother; 'Mommy, how come I'm black and you're white?' His mother replied, 'Don't even go there Barack! From what I can remember about that party, you're lucky you don't bark!'"

This behavior is simply not befitting of a judge. We are asking you to join us in calling for Judge Richard Cebull's resignation.

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