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Yoo Fights Back on Torture

By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 27, 2009 7:13 AM CDT
Yoo Fights Back on Torture
John Yoo, a law professor at the University of California at Berkeley, testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington.    (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)

(Newser) – The embattled Bush administration lawyer who drafted memos justifying waterboarding and warrantless wiretaps is fighting back as his role comes under greater scrutiny, the Washington Post reports. John Yoo, now a University of California law professor, has been giving speeches around the country defending the tactics and his view that their use came under the president's authority.

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Yoo, who has held onto his university job despite protests on campus, faces a number of legal challenges over his time at the Justice Department. A government report is expected to recommend that Yoo be referred to his state bar associations for discipline, and a lawsuit from a detainee claiming Yoo violated his rights has been allowed to proceed. Government lawyers who had been representing Yoo say he will now have private counsel, a move that will spare Justice from having to defend his memos.
(Read more John Yoo stories.)

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