Thursday, March 1, 2012

Federal Judge Cebull Exposes Reason so Many Blacks in Prison

Judge Richard Cebull
The Chief Federal Judge of Montana, Richard Cebull, forwarded the following email message to his pals:

"A MOM'S MEMORY: 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!’

After the Great Falls Tribune published the story, a growing chorus of voices insisted that the Judge resign.  However, this racially-charged incident calls for more than a mere early retirement. Every judicial decision this man made since his nomination by President George W. Bush in 2001,  needs to be reviewed -- and pronto.  Whether or not those sent to jail under Judge Cebull's gavel are minorities, doesn't matter. The bigger problem is this incident's exposure of a culture "on the bench," which would allow this Judge and his pals to find such a trashy slur on the office of the United States President --funny.  

I have long struggled to understand how America's prison system could be so racially lopsided. That is, while African-Americans constitute 12.3% of the U.S. population, they represent 45.6% of the inmates who fill our nation's prisons. It is men like Judge Cebull who hold the key.  But when will American society be ready to break the lock, fling open that door and see with horror all the lives our justice system has thrown away through phony  convictions based on the person's race?   

RELATED POST:  District Attorneys Should be Investigated in Repeat Cases of Falsely Accused Black Prisoners later Exonerated by DNA Evidence.


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