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DA candidate Phillips called sexist, racist email 'work appropriate … appropriate anywhere'

John Phillips wasn't sure if the email detailing what men can expect sexually by the third date with women of various ethnic groups was appropriate fodder to send to his nephew's workplace email.

Noah Phillips, according to his emailed response, assured him it was "work appropriate and for that matter appropriate anywhere."

The emails, dated Feb. 17, 2016, were provided to The Bee and show an exchange between Phillips, 46, who is running for Sacramento County District Attorney and the man he would describe only as "his 70 year old uncle" before declining to confirm or deny the validity of the emails.

Instead, he accused backers of his opponent, Sacramento County District Attorney Anne Marie Schubert, of "hacking" his county email account.

"Instead of debating the issues, my opponent is spending public resources building fences and combing through years of my old emails to try to find something she can use to embarrass me. In doing so, the current DA, my former boss, has inadvertently shed more light on why I decided to run in the first place."

Phillips also appeared to apologize Tuesday, saying he was part of a "callous and crude" culture of local law enforcement encouraged by Schubert. In the statement, Phillips said he was "sorry to say I was a part of it until I realized the impact this culture has on our justice system as a whole."

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Noah Phillips replied to his uncle John Phillips that an email containing racist and sexist jokes about women was “work appropriate.”
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