WASHINGTON — Bush administration lawyers who drafted
legal theories that led to waterboarding and other harsh treatment of
terrorism suspects showed poor judgment but won't face sanctions for
professional misconduct, according to a published report.
forthcoming government ethics report initially concluded the two key
authors of the so-called torture memos, Jay Bybee and John Yoo, who
were officials in the Justice Department's Office of Legal Counsel
during the Bush administration, had violated their professional
obligations as lawyers when they crafted the memos that allowed the use
of harsh interrogation tactics.
But a senior Justice Department
official, David Margolis, later softened the department's finding to
say the authors simply showed poor judgment, Newsweek reported.
who is a career lawyer and not a political appointee of the Obama
administration, has supervised the department's internal discipline
through several administrations from his post in the deputy attorney