John Yoo Derangement Syndrome

As reports circulate that the Justice Department has softened its criticism of attorney John Yoo for memos approving the Bush administration’s treatment of terrorism suspects, several prominent lawyers are urging a federal appeals court in San Francisco to hold Yoo accountable.

They have submitted arguments opposing dismissal of a prisoner’s lawsuit that accuses the former Justice Department attorney of providing a legal cover for torture. The suit covers much of the same ground as the department’s ethics investigation of Yoo.