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April 20, 2009

Hey Yoo

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I’m sure many of you are more qualified to explain the connection to “Watchmen.” For my part, I’m interested in how the Oakland/Berkeley community is making a “marquee statement” about Mr. Yoo’s moral authority to teach law. (The Grand Lake is truly a grand, if aging theatre in Oakland, by the way.)

Is it possible Obama took the step of ruling out prosecuting Bush Administration officials just to insulate himself from the groundswell he and Holder initiated in opening up of the paper trail? Either way, the image reflects what I hope is the opening run in a dramatically re-emergent scandal — the reference to “murder” emphasizing how the Bush Administration violently and inexcusably abused the law.

(update 9:49 am: As reader Agi comments below, Mr. Yoo is on leave from Berkeley and teaching at Chapman University in Orange County.)

(update 2 8:23 pm: Revised previous update. Per my clearly better informed readers, Mr. Yoo was not arrest in Italy.)

(This photo comes from a Berkeley blog not suprisingly titled: Fire John Yoo.)

  • http://guysfromarea51.blogspot.com Agi

    He’s teaching at Chapman University, a private Christian college here in my hood Orange County. No one will bother him down here.

  • http://msm.grumpybumpers.com mcc

    So the question at this point is, who will get accountability, and how? The Obama administration has said they won’t prosecute CIA officers who *followed* the memos, but has remained strangely silent on the subject of the people who wrote the memos, or directed the memos to be written. This seems to leave open the possibility of prosecuting the “big fish” while leaving the small fish alone, so to speak. On the other hand it doesn’t do anything to indicate the Obama administration will prosecute the “big fish”; Rahm Emanuel seems to think there will be no prosecutions at all.
    John Yoo presents an interesting case because the possibilities here include not just what the Justice department will do to him, but what UC Berkeley will do. The obvious question then becomes, who is more accountable, the Executive branch of the U.S. government, or the University of California?
    There’s one other person who’s sort of a special case: Jay Bybee, the author of the standard-setting first memo– who is now a Federal judge on the 9th circuit court of appeals. Bybee’s job opens up not just alternate ways of holding him accountable for his actions, a couple of which are designed to receive input from the public– impeachment by the Congress, disciplinary action from the judicial council, disbarment– but also alternate reasons for holding him accountable, since the question is not just whether what he did is illegal but what the legal scholarship in the memo says about his suitability to be writing legal decisions, whether Congress was mislead in making him a federal judge oblivious of the memo he’d written just months before, etc.
    Both the New York Times and the Los Angeles County Democratic Party have called for Bybee’s impeachment; and there is a movement trying to get the California Democratic Party to pass a resolution calling for impeachment for Bybee at the convention this month:
    http://www.calitics.com/diary/8584/yes-we-can-impeach-jay-bybee
    If you are in California, it may be worth it to check that out and contact the CDP to urge them to allow the Bybee impeachment resolution to pass the Resolutions Committee…

  • Trumball

    Please check the date of the news article you cite regarding the arrest of Mr. Yoo. Then check whether any other media outlets reported this. Then think about trying to be a little more responsible. Good intentions are not a license for shoddy reporting or shoddy thinking.

  • http://profile.typepad.com/johntanton jtfromBC

    Michael are you aware that Yoo’s arrest is an April fools joke, and that he is not teaching at Chapman but debating,
    Yoo, a professor at UC Berkeley’s School of Law at Boalt Hall, will be alongside John C. Eastman, dean and Donald P. Kennedy Chair in Law at Chapman’s School of Law, debating Chapman law professors Katherine Darmer and Larry Rosenthal on “Presidential Power and Success in Times of Crisis.” The fun begins at 11 a.m. in the big room, Memorial Hall, but you need tickets available through Chapman’s ticket office or by calling (714) 997-6812.

  • ivyleaves

    Since I live in the neighborhood, I would like to link to the Flickr”>http://www.flickr.com/photos/grand-lake/>Flickr group and photo”>http://www.fotolog.com/grand_lake>photo blog that document some of the marquees for The Grand Lake Theater over the years. Just so you know that this is a unique theater, not a sign of unique times, although you might be correct on that, The Grand Lake is not the place to prove it.

  • ivyleaves

    Since I live in the neighborhood, I would like to link to the Flickr group and photo blog that document some of the marquees for The Grand Lake Theater over the years. Just so you know that this is a unique theater, not a sign of unique times, although you might be correct on that, The Grand Lake is not the place to prove it.

  • http://profile.typepad.com/bagnews Michael Shaw (The BAG)

    Trumball/JT,
    Thanks for the correction (although it looks like Yoo is a visiting professor at Chapman). But not to say I didn’t get the equivalent of rick-rolled on that too. (Early to bed tonight.)

  • BerkeleyMom

    Believe me, Berkeley is not happy to have Yoo still here either. My understanding is he had tenure before he left to go work for W. and returned to his tenured position. Yoo was regularly protested at events on campus (to his surprise I’m told) and has even skipped town for Chapman in the OC. Maybe he’ll stay there. He had some pretty nasty things to say about Berkeley in an interview with the OC Register recently.
    Btw, the law school is simply Berkeley Law School and not Boalt Hall as of about a year ago.

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