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Published: 07/18/10

Don't Cry for Jay Bybee, the Torture Memo Boss Who Became a Judge

By  Andrew Cohen - Politics Daily
Don't Cry for Jay Bybee, the Torture Memo Boss Who Became a Judge

Of all the patriotic zealots at the Office of Legal Counsel who helped the Bush Administration undertake its torture policies immediately following the terror attacks on America, perhaps the person least likely to deserve sympathy today is Jay S. Bybee. After signing off on fellow lawyer John Yoo's infamous torture memos in 2002, but before those dubious documents became known to the world in 2004, Bybee was promoted by President George W. Bush from the counsel's office to a judgeship with the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. He presides there now, enrobed and life-tenured, with only the sli...

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