Terror Memos Didn't Violate Legal Ethics, Report Finds : NPR
In the 2/19 edition of the Friday Night News Dumpô, we have this:
I'm glad to see that they avoided turning this into a partisan witchhunt. Whatever you think about the morality or practicality of the eventual conclusions of the memos in question, it was absurd to argue that their mere drafting violated ethical rules.Bush administration lawyers did not violate legal ethics rules when they wrote memos authorizing harsh interrogations for terrorism detainees, the Justice Department said Friday, releasing the long-awaited results of its investigation into the memos.
The report focuses on three men who worked at Justice under President Bush: John Yoo, Jay Bybee and Steven Bradbury. All three worked in the Justice Department's Office of Legal Counsel, crafting the standards for interrogating high-value terrorism detainees.
According to the cover letter accompanying the report, the investigation originally found professional misconduct by Yoo and Bybee. But the career official in charge of overseeing the office of professional responsibility overruled that finding.
Now the report says the men "exercised poor judgment." That means the men will not face disbarment or criminal punishment.