"we assume without deciding that Padilla's alleged treatment rose to the level of torture"

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in unsettling example of moral turpitude, judges pass the buck:

In 2008, convicted terrorist Jose Padilla sued former Bush administration lawyer John Yoo for writing controversial Justice Department Office of Legal Counsel (OLC) memos justifying the use of torture. The suit said Yoo's memos, which were signed by OLC head Jay Bybee, provided the legal justifications for what the suit said was Padilla's unconstitutional confinement and "gross physical and psychological abuse."

Today, the 9th Circuit Court, of which Jay Bybee is a memberruled that Yoo is protected from the lawsuit, claiming that the law defining torture and the treatment of enemy combatants was unsettled when Yoo wrote the memos...

Ninth Circuit Court harbors war criminal, protects his coconspirator

More on judicial abdication of responsibility, c/o Glenn Greenwald, here.

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