Sunday, March 29, 2009

Yoo Is In The News Again

Tenured Professor John Yoo of Boalt Hall in Berkeley, California, is being investigated by a Spanish judge on allegations of providing the legal framework necessary to support the torture of inmates at Guantanamo. Read the NYTimes story here.

Before you decide that such a case is inconsequential consider the prosecution of Chuckie Taylor, the Liberian dictator's son, by US prosecutors in Miami for acts of torture committed in Liberia. Taylor was convicted and sentenced to prison for 97 years.

Will conviction in a foreign court (which, of course, has yet to happen) affect Yoo's tenure? We may find out. How hot will it have to get at Berkeley before he leaves? That could be why he's teaching at Chapman (a 3rd tier school) as a visiting professor this year. For a thorough discussion of academic freedom and John Yoo, see Brian Leiter's post here.

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