Off the hook? Former Department of Justice lawyers evade ethics review.

Two former department of justice lawyers should escape review from state bar ethics committees based on the finding of the new report that classified their actions as "poor judgment," rather than ethical misconduct. The two attorneys, Jay Bybee and John Yoo, wrote the memos cited by the Bush administration as authorizing harsh interrogation techniques, such as waterboarding.

According to the report, the initial memo was altered after the person in charge of the criminal division at the time refused to make a blanket promise that no CIA officer would be prosecuted for torture. In response, Yoo crafted a section justifying harsh interrogation techniques on grounds the CIA officer would be acting in self-defense against future terrorist attacks.

DOJ Report Won’t Trigger Ethics Referral for Authors of Terrorism Memos | ABA Journal 

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