Case Detail
Citation
CrimeNon-violent, other
StateDC
Pros. First NameJohn
Pros. Last NameYoo
FederalYes
Trial Year2009
BodyDOJ OPR
Opinion"In 2009, OPR finished a report on the Justice Department's advancement of controversial legal arguments that provided justification for the U.S. government to use brutal interrogation tactics, such as waterboarding, that many view as torture. The report examined the work of two high-level attorneys who worked within DOJ's Office of Legal Counsel: Jay Bybee, who led the office from 2001 through 2003, and John Yoo, the deputy assistant attorney general in that office. . . . The report found that 'John Yoo committed intentional professional misconduct when he violated his duty to exercise independent legal judgment and render thorough, objective, and candid legal advice,' and that Jay Bybee 'committed professional misconduct when he acted in reckless disregard of his duty to exercise independent legal judgment and render thorough, objective, and candid legal advice.'" However OPR's findings were later rejected by Associate Deputy Attorney General David Margolis: "While I have declined to adopt OPR's findings of misconduct, I fear that John Yoo's loyalty to his own ideology and convictions clouded his view of his obligation to his client and led him to author opinions that reflected his own extreme, albeit sincerely held, views of executive power."
Determination Year2009
Misconduct TypeG
C/S EffectNo effect
Pros. Misc. ReportedYes
SanctionsNo
Sanction TypeUKN
Web linkhttp://pogoarchives.org/m/ga/opr-report-20140312.pdf