Court Slaps Down John Yoo, Again

UC Berkeley law professor John Yoo loves to deride Berkeley as being far outside the mainstream, but a federal judge in San Francisco ruled yesterday that Yoo’s ideas are so extreme, they’re unconstitutional. The judge said that a legal theory the Bush administration used to justify warrantless wiretaps on Americans was flatly illegal. Yoo, along with lawyers working for then-Vice President Dick Cheney, came up with that theory while working for the Bush Department of Justice in 2002. The ruling represents another slap in the face for Yoo’s legal ideas, which repeatedly have been struck down by the courts.

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