This George W. Bush nominee to the District Court seems to be using the Carl Paladino defense for his racist email:
The judge acknowledged that the content of the email was racist, but said he does not consider himself racist. He said the email was intended to be a private communication.
How racist emails become less racist if they were intended to remain private remains unexplained; I think this judge went to the Non-sequitur School of Law. I suppose it goes without saying that he follows this up with an “I’m sorry if you were offended” non-apology.
…this is another gem:
“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 because it’s anti-Obama.”
Oh, well then.