U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Jay S. Bybee accepted more than $3.2 million in free legal services from a Los Angeles-based firm to fight allegations of ethics violations for providing the Bush administration legal justification to use harsh interrogation tactics that critics called torture, his financial disclosure reports reveal.
Bybee was named to the powerful Western appeals court by President George W. Bush two years after he wrote legal memos condoning waterboarding and other harsh interrogation tactics in his role as head of the Justice Department's Office of Legal Counsel. Since his legal guidance on "enhanced interrogation" was disclosed three years ago, Bybee has weathered protesters accusing him of war crimes and has defeated calls for prosecution and threatened disciplinary sanctions.
The Chimp put him on the "notoriously" correct-thinking 9th Circuit to try and right-wing it up a little.
In my heart I know the 4th largest law firm in the world isn't giving $3.2 mil to anybody. They're billing someone and I'd like to know who it is. Cheney maybe. If any one of the bastards who says torture is OK goes down for it, they all do.