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Department Of Justice Finds That Its Torture Lawyers Engaged In Professional Misconduct By Advocating Torture During Bush Admin.

DisbarTortureLawyers Campaign To File OPR Report Today To Supplement Fifteen Disbarment Complaints

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Late
Friday, the Department of Justice issued it’s long awaited report on
the actions of the DOJ lawyers who authored the infamous legal memos
authorizing torture.  The report consists of two parts: the first is a
300-page report from the DOJ’s Office of Professional Responsibility
finding that the attorneys, specifically John Yoo and Jay Bybee,
engaged in “professional misconduct.”  The second is a 69-page cover
letter from career DOJ staffer David Margolis finding that the lawyers
exercised “poor judgment.”  The OPR finding would under normal
circumstances require transmittal to the state bar  for disciplinary
proceedings. However, Mr. Margolis, a 17-year employee of the DoJ who
was in a supervisory position when the legal memos were written, has
specifically refused to allow the OPR report to be transmitted.
However, he did  state that “[t]he bar associations in the District of
Columbia or Pennsylvania can choose to take up this matter, but the
Department will make no referral.”



Today, DisbarTortureLawyers.com campaign attorney Kevin Zeese will file
the DOJ/OPR findings with the various state bar disciplinary
committees. These committees are already reviewing the complaints he
filed last summer against 15 of the most culpable torture lawyers as
part of a a campaign to ensure accountability for their heinous
actions. He is asking that disbarment proceedings proceed quickly in
light of these new reports.

Darkness Falls on American Justice: Abu Ghraib Officer Claims Probe Was Incomplete

Via Federal News Radio (hat-tip to JRichards for the heads-up):

January 11, 2008 - 6:33am -- By BEN NUCKOLS
Associated Press Writer

BALTIMORE (AP) - The revelation that the Army threw out the conviction of the only officer court-martialed in the Abu Ghraib scandal renewed outrage from human rights advocates who complained that not enough military and civilian leaders were held accountable for the abuse of Iraqi prisoners.

Those critics found an unlikely ally in the officer himself, Lt. Col. Steven L. Jordan, whose conviction on a minor charge of disobeying an order was dismissed this week, leaving him with only an administrative reprimand.

Jordan told The Associated Press on Thursday he believes many officers and enlisted soldiers did not face adequate scrutiny in the investigation that led to convictions against 11 soldiers, none with a rank higher than staff sergeant.

He said the probe was "not complete" and that a link between abusive interrogations at Abu Ghraib and in military prisons at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and in Afghanistan was not adequately established.

Under the logic of the Bush League, failure and incompetence gets rewarded -- people fail upward, and spectacularly so, until they have nowhere to go but out -- to roam free among the public.