Administration wants suit against Yoo dismissed – SF Chronicle (12/7/09):
The Obama administration has asked an appeals court to dismiss a lawsuit accusing former Bush administration attorney John Yoo of authorizing the torture of a terrorism suspect, saying federal law does not allow damage claims against lawyers who advise the president on national security issues. Such lawsuits ask courts to second-guess presidential decisions and pose “the risk of deterring full and frank advice regarding the militarys detention and treatment of those determined to be enemies during an armed conflict,” Justice Department lawyers said Thursday in arguments to the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco.
In the current lawsuit, Jose Padilla, now serving a 17-year sentence for conspiring to aid Islamic extremist groups, accuses Yoo of devising legal theories that justified what he claims was his illegal detention and abusive interrogation.
It’s really critical that John Yoo’s right to give advice that runs counter to the Constitution be preserved ahead of the rights of people to not be tortured. Meanwhile Yoo has his legal defense paid for by the federal government, and continues to draw a state salary for “teaching law” at Cal, aka fully sucking at the government tit. Nullus.
The Obama regime is so awesome and different from the Bush regime.