John Yoo

Mandate? No. Tax? Yes. Dragooning? No-no

John Yoo quoted in San Francisco Chronicle, June 28, 2012

UC Berkeley law professor John Yoo doesn’t think Roberts believes the content of his own opinion. Yoo believes that Roberts doesn’t buy his own argument on the individual mandate but wrote an opinion “meant to pull the court out of a political fight.”

Chief Justice Roberts and his apologists

John Yoo writes for The Wall Street Journal, June 29, 2012

Congress may not be able to directly force us to buy electric cars, eat organic kale, or replace oil heaters with solar panels. But if it enforces the mandates with a financial penalty then suddenly, thanks to Justice Roberts’s tortured reasoning in Sebelius, the mandate is transformed into a constitutional exercise of Congress’s power to tax.

Obama, Drones and Thomas Aquinas

John Yoo writes for The Wall Street Journal, June 7, 2012

To stop an enemy without territory, population or regular armed forces, the U.S. must have access to timely, actionable intelligence gleaned from captured terrorists…. Exclusive reliance on drones and a no-capture policy spend down the investments in intelligence that made this hiatus possible, without replenishing the interrogation-gained information needed to predict future threats.

The punk rocker who would be judge

John Yoo quoted in The Atlantic, June 1, 2012

“My understanding is that [Escalante] sometimes serves as this kind of temp or substitute judge, a state court trial judge,” said Yoo…. “Obviously the government can say if you’re a Republican and you’re running for office, you can’t put down you’re a Democrat,” Yoo continued. “Or you can’t put down some fictional title, like you’re Quartu from some foreign planet… But I don’t see why the government has any case to restrict [Escalante] about his description of himself.”

Biden for the Supreme Court? A subsidy for comedy writers

John Yoo writes for Ricochet, May 24, 2012

Experienced judges bring a particular viewpoint to the job, one that lawyers will generally applaud since they all come from the same culture and have the same training and professional values.  But it may not be the best view (or at least one that should be exclusive) on a Court that is becoming increasingly embroiled in political issues.

First the circus, then the 9/11 trial

John Yoo quoted in San Francisco Chronicle, May 10, 2012

The defense, opined UC Berkeley professor and former Bush administration lawyer John Yoo, is “determined to turn this into some kind of ideological statement and not really a trial of guilt and innocence.”

John Yoo: litigating for terrorists

John Yoo writes for The Wall Street Journal, May 3, 2012

Advocacy groups are using Padilla as a platform to attack the nation’s counterterrorism policies, which they believe should be limited to the tools used against common criminals. They advance their agenda by legally harassing officials, agents and soldiers, and so raise the costs of public service to anyone who does not hew to their extreme, unreasonable views.

Ninth Circuit says Yoo is immune from torture claims

John Yoo quoted in The Wall Street Journal, May 2, 2012

Mr. Yoo, in an email to Law Blog, said the Ninth Circuit’s ruling “confirms that this litigation has been baseless from the outset.” “Padilla and his attorneys have been harassing the government officials he believes to have been responsible for his detention and ultimately conviction as a terrorist,” said Mr. Yoo.