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Federal Judge Under Fire for Racist Email Didn’t Follow His Own Digital Age Advice

Posted Mar 12, 2012 6:45 AM CDT
By Debra Cassens Weiss

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The federal judge who reported himself to ethics authorities after forwarding a racist email joke about President Obama offered some digital age advice to graduates at the University of Montana last May.

Montana Chief U.S. District Judge Richard Cebull, the featured speaker at graduation ceremonies, told students to think twice before firing off an email, the Billings Gazette reports.

"The lawyer sits at a computer, furiously types out an email and then without thinking about it, he moves the cursor up to send, he hits a button and it goes off. What's wrong with that scenario?" Cebull asked. "You didn't give yourself time to reflect on the comments and statement you made in your email and probably the biggest problem is you can't take it back."

Cebull has admitted the email joke he forwarded about Obama's parentage was racist, though he says he is not himself a racist.

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