Sunday, 14 June 2009

Judge: Ex-Bush Lawyer Can Be Sued Over Torture

A prisoner who says he was tortured while being held for nearly four years as a suspected terrorist can sue former Bush administration lawyer John Yoo for coming up with the legal theories that justified his alleged treatment, a federal judge in San Francisco ruled Friday.

U.S. District Judge Jeffrey White's decision marks the first time a government lawyer has been held potentially responsible for the abuse of detainees.

"Like any other government official, government lawyers are responsible for the foreseeable consequences of their conduct," White said in refusing to dismiss Jose Padilla's lawsuit against Yoo.

Members of the Bush Administration are not above the Law. If there is evidence to show criminal wrongdoing, then trials MUST follow. Let justice be done.

[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, June 14th, 2009.]

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