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.

“The Department of Justice, through the actions of DOJ attorney David
Margolis, wants to keep the OPR report from reaching the various
disciplinary committees that have active disbarment complaints
pending,” said attorney and campaign spokesperson Kevin Zeese.
  “Fortunately, we are not bound by the DOJ’s obstructions, and will
therefore be filing the OPR report with the disciplinary boards today.
 And of course, as Mr. Margolis admits, those boards are required to
make an independent determination of the information and evidence in
the report.  Moreover, even if the boards only considered Margolis’
finding of “poor judgment,” they can still order disbarment.  But in
combination with the OPR report and all the other overwhelming
information we have already provided, we believe that the boards will
find that the torture attorneys, such as John Yoo, Jay Bybee, David
Addington, William Haynes, Alberto Gonzales and Stephen Bradbury, must
be disbarred.”

DisbarTortureLawyers will also be taking the following actions in the coming weeks:

  • Working with the House and Senate to hold hearings on torture and whether political pressure entered into the Margolis decision
  • Launching
    a campaign for lawyers in the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, where Jay
    Bybee is a judge, to file to disqualify him from any cases to which he
    is assigned
  • Working
    with jurisdictions outside the U.S. to indict the torture lawyers and
    others like Dick Cheney for violating the UN Convention Against Torture
  • Increasing pressure for torture accountability through an aggressive media campaign
  • Seeking
    legal counsel to file a Writ of Mandamus to compel prosecution of
    torturers as required by the UN Convention Against Torture
  • Teaming with even more organizations to help multiply the effect of its work

The campaign urges organizations and individuals to sign on to the campaign at



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have been exceeded, So is Bybee saying essentially that "you give them an inch and they take a mile"? Here's the link WaPo