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  •  Is Yoo still teaching at Berkeley? (3+ / 0-)
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    I thought he got his ass tossed out of there  back in 2009.

      Has he been invited back? And if so, why?

    "We the People of the United States...." -U.S. Constitution

    by elwior on Fri May 06, 2011 at 01:00:52 PM PDT

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    •  He had tenure before 2001 (8+ / 0-)

      Since 1994 I believe.  UC made a mistake that they can not unmake unless he does something drastic, like getting his law license in Pennsylvania revoked.

      The Pennsylvania Bar said Yoo had committed "intentional professional misconduct" and referred him to the Bar for disciplinary action. The DOJ said they couldn't discipline Yoo because the DOJ was  already investigating Yoo.

      In 2009 OPR said that while Yoo's work was flawed and showed poor judgement, there was no "professional misconduct". I don't think the Pennsylvania Bar is going to do anything about Yoo. Source.

      Hamdan v. Rumsfeld = the Constitution travels with the flag

      by sailmaker on Fri May 06, 2011 at 01:36:14 PM PDT

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      •  Even though I'm a member (9+ / 0-)

        of the same profession (and like the Boys on Car Talk might say, "The ghosts of Thurgood Marshall and Benjamin Cardoza cringe when we say it "Yoo" and "professional" in the same sentence), I'm still stunned at the notion that deliberate, malignant stupidity is NOT considered professional misconduct.

        And when I become president of the ABA and I re-write the ethics rules, I'm gonna make the famous words of Jason Stackhouse part of the Canon:

        Evil is making the premedicated decision to be a dick.

        Our promises are made in proportion to our hopes, but kept in proportion to our fears.-LaRouchefoucauld

        by luvsathoroughbred on Fri May 06, 2011 at 02:27:19 PM PDT

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        •  Not malignant stupidity - Ideology (2+ / 0-)
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          Plenty of very smart people of all professions wind up looking foolish when confronted with facts counter to their stated position - because they allow ideology to Trump, So to speak, their otherwise good rational thinking. It's painful to watch.

          But that's what Ideology - and Dogma, by another name - does. It corrupts critical thinking. And thinking is work; too many people just skip that step and go for Dogma, ideology and talking points.

          I'd like to know more about how someone as smart as John Yoo wound up where he is.

          maybe students at Berkley just need to stop taking any of his courses and let him disappear into obscurity - or more likely, a Wingnut think tank.

          Without geometry, life is pointless. And blues harmonica players suck.

          by blindcynic on Fri May 06, 2011 at 06:20:57 PM PDT

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