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Judge’s racist e-mails may cause dismissal

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GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) — A judge said he expects to be asked to step down over jokes about Jews, blacks and other ethnic groups he e-mailed to fellow judges, lawyers and friends.

Guilford County Chief District Judge William Daisy sent at least 36 e-mails between May 6 and Sept. 3 that included such jokes, according to information obtained by the News & Record of Greensboro. In some cases, he used a computer in his office to send the messages.

Daisy, 60, said Friday that he doesn't find the jokes offensive, but that the subject matter doesn't reflect his views on minorities and the jokes don't reflect the way he runs his courtroom.

"The chief justice will probably want me to give up my position as chief," Daisy said, referring to state Supreme Court Justice I. Beverly Lake.