Monday, May 18, 2009

More on whether authors of "torture memos" should be disciplined

I have posted before on the debate regarding whether the drafters of the "torture memos" should be disciplined for violations of ethical duties (see here). Much has happened since I last posted on this issue.

Today, the Blog of the Legal Times reports that a collection of organizations have filed complaints with five state bar associations, accusing former attorneys general John Ashcroft, Alberto Gonzales, Michael Mukasey, John Yoo, Jay Bybee, Stephen Bradbury and a number of other former Bush administration lawyers of violating professional standards by sanctioning the use of torture on terrorism suspects. The complaints can be viewed here.

Professor David Luban, who testified today before the Senate Judiciary Committee has published his testimony here. In it, he argues that "the memos are an ethical train wreck" and that the they "fall far short of professional standards of candid advice and independent judgment."

The Washington Post also has an article on the subject here.

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