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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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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, 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.

And the Prophetic Author Award Goes to...

Philippe Sands:

About a year ago, a book came out in England that made a fascinating prediction: at some point in the future, the author wrote, six top officials in the Bush Administration would get a tap on the shoulder announcing that they were being arrested on international charges of torture.

If the prediction seemed improbable, the background of the book’s author was even more so. Philippe Sands is neither a journalist nor an American but a law professor and a certified Queen’s Counsel (the kind of barrister who on occasion wears a powdered horsehair wig) who works at the same law practice as Cherie Blair. Sands’s book, “Torture Team,” offers a scathing critique of officials in the Bush Administration, accusing them of complicity in acts of torture. When the book appeared, some scoffed. Douglas Feith, a former Pentagon official, dismissed Sands as “a British lawyer” who “wrote an extremely dishonest book.”

Last week, Sands’s accusations suddenly did not seem so outlandish. A Spanish court took the first steps toward starting a criminal investigation of the same six former Bush Administration officials he had named, weighing charges that they had enabled and abetted torture by justifying the abuse of terrorism suspects. Among those whom the court singled out was Feith, the former Under-Secretary of Defense for Policy, along with former Attorney General Alberto Gonzales; John Yoo, a former Justice Department lawyer; and David Addington, the chief of staff and the principal legal adviser to Vice-President Dick Cheney.

Sands, previously, was involved in prosecuting former Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet, as was the Spanish judge presiding over the Bush torture case.

Just some added info for your research purposes taken from a bunch of previous posts on this topic in my archives: