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.

Lake said Saturday that he had just learned of the matter and hadn't begun an investigation yet. ``I'm going to find out a little more about it before I do anything and see what is appropriate at this point,'' he told The Associated Press.

Lake said a case had been filed with the Judicial Standards Commission, which considers complaints against judges.

Daisy was elected to the bench in 1980 and was named chief district judge in February. District court judges preside over misdemeanor criminal cases such as speeding tickets and drug charges.

Daisy said he would never forward a joke he found offensive, including material that is ``overtly sexual or pertaining to gross stuff.'' He said no one ever complained to him about the jokes.

Daisy forwarded several e-mails, including one about Hindus, to Tennessee assistant attorney general Mary Foust, a former lawyer in Greensboro.

Foust said she finds the Hindu e-mail offensive but doesn't remember opening it. She referred questions to her press office in Nashville.