Chief U.S. District Judge Richard Cebull is in the national spotlight over an email he sent about a bestiality-themed joke concerning President Obama and the President’s mother. “Hope it touches your heart as it did mine,” the judge had joked.
The joke in question? Likened having intercourse with a black man to having sex with a dog:
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!”
Judge Cebull apologized for the email after it became public, saying that he hadn’t initially “send the joke as racist,” although “that’s what it is.” The Ninth Circuit is set to conduct a misconduct review at Cebull’s own request.