Torture Lawyer Flees Berkeley Amid Protests

Law prof takes 1-year gig at OC's Chapman U.
By Gabriel Winant,  Newser User
Posted Feb 11, 2009 11:48 AM CST
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(Newser) – It can be hard to be a professor: publish or perish, sit on committees…dodge protesters? Just ask John Yoo, author of the memos that laid out and justified the harsh interrogation tactics used by the Bush administration. Yoo, a Berkeley law professor, has taken leave from his left-leaning professional home, where his presence is regularly protested, for the calmer Chapman University in Orange County, the LA Times reports.

Berkeley protests against Yoo included a billboard and a city council resolution branding him a war criminal. Yoo responds, “I would feel I wasn’t doing my job as an academic if I wasn’t writing or saying things that other people disagreed with.” Despite some small protests, Chapman seems mainly intrigued by Yoo’s celebrity. Says one student, “Any publicity's good publicity.”