Friday, May 4, 2012
Conservatives in the War on Terror in the News: Ninth Circuit Rules for John Yoo in Jose Padilla v. John Yoo
Earlier this week, in the appeal of Jose Padilla v. John Yoo, the Ninth Circuit (by Judge Raymond Fisher, joined by Judge N. Randy Smith and District Judge Rebecca Pallmeyer (N.D. Ill.), held that John Yoo, former Assistant Attorney General in President Bush's Justice Department had qualified immunity for his decisions taken in the name of national security in a suit for damages brought by Jose Padilla and his mother.
The case included an interesting cast of characters, including John Yoo and Jose Padilla. In addition, Judge Raymond Fisher, who wrote the opinion for the court, served as Associate Attorney General in the Clinton administration. Miguel A. Estrada, a controversial (and unsuccessful nominee for the D.C. Circuit in the Bush years), successfully argued on behalf of John Yoo).