Richard Cebull said his conduct in office shows that he's not a racist, but the public got that impression.
Richard Cebull said his conduct in office shows that he's not a racist, but the public got that impression.

By Bill Mears and Moni Basu, CNN

(CNN) – Come this summer, Judge Richard Cebull will be conducting business in a brand new $79 million federal courthouse in Billings, Montana, paid for through President Obama’s economic recovery program. That is, if Cebull survives the firestorm engulfing him for forwarding a racist e-mail about the president.

Several advocacy groups and lawmakers have called for Cebull’s resignation, but the judge will probably not face any harsh punitive action, said CNN legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin.

It’s rare and generally very difficult to force federal judges from office. They receive tenure, and the Constitution guarantees they can remain on the bench during good behavior.

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