A federal appeals court judge, who as a government lawyer signed off on secret memos authorizing the use of the torture against terrorism suspects, received $3.4 million in free legal services from a MAJOR US Law Firm. With ZERO surprise he skated FREE from ethics charges over his collusion with the BUSH White House for authorizing torture.
Surprise, Jay Bybee, is now a JUDGE with the San Francisco-based 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. Before his JUDGESHIP he headed the Justice Department’s Office of Legal Counsel and signed off on memorandums authorizing torture, and harsh interrogations in the wake of 9/11. Bybee worked in the office from November 2001 to March 2003, supervising the memos’ controversial author John Yoo. In 2003, President George W. Bush appointed Bybee to the appeals court.
Despite the elevation of Bybee, the DoJ’s Office of Professional Responsibility opened an pretend investigation in 2004, thanks to the help of Los Angeles firm of Latham & Watkins, the investigation was dropped in 2010.
The National Law Journal on Monday published Bybee’s financial disclosure statements for the 9th Circuit,. They show that Latham had donated $3.25 million in services and a few other firms another $150,000 in the years leading up to the government’s decision concluding that Bybee and underling Yoo had not committed professional misconduct.
According to the National Law Journal:
This is tantamount to outright malfeasance and High Crimes that the DOJ rolled over so easy. Since when does a MAJOR US Law Firm Donate $3.25 MILLION in legal fees? I promise you that deals were made before the memorandums were signed off on. It is my opinion that Jay Bybee, did not stick his neck out unless he had assurances that he would be taken care of on the 'Back End.' This whole affair does nothing but point to the internal cankerous rot that has destroyed this once Free and great nation.
Back room deals and out right Malfeasance in office, this is what we can expect from now on in our judiciary!!!