Justice Department Report Clears Yoo of Professional Misconduct

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A long-awaited U.S. Justice Department report released Friday found UC Berkeley Law Professor John Yoo had employed "poor judgment" in authoring alleged torture memos during his time as a deputy assistant attorney general in the Bush Administration.

But the report stated that he should not face professional disciplinary actions for authoring legal memos that justified the administration's usage of enhanced interrogation methods such as waterboarding, according to the Associated Press.

The report had initially contained harsher findings that said Yoo and Jay Bybee, another former Justice Department official, had violated their professional obligations. This conclusion could have meant a referral to state bar associations for potential disciplinary action, Newsweek reported earlier this month.


Zach E.J. Williams is the university news editor. Contact him at [email protected]



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