LOS ANGELES: A top US judge has turned in an apology after e-mailing a racially charged joke about president Barack Obama that likened African-Americans to 'dogs'.
To make matters worse, Richard Cebull, a chief district US jugde for Montana sent the e-mail from his courthouse chambers to his seven close 'buddies', the Great Falls Tribune reported.
The judge apparently never thought that the 'joke' may become public, but said he was surprised that one of the recipients passed it along with his name on it, to the Great Falls Tribune.
"This is a private thing that was, to say the least, very poor judgement on my part," Cebull said. "I did not forward it because of the racist nature of it. Although it is racist, I'm not that way, and never have been."
Acknowledging that he was opposed to Obama, the judge said he did not consider himself 'racist' and the e-mail was intended to be a private communication. "The only reason I can explain it to you is I am not a fan of our president, but this goes beyond not being a fan," Cebull said. "I didn't send it as racist, although that's what it is. I sent it out as it's anti-Obama."
The judge was nominated by former president George W Bush and received his commission in 2001.