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kpete Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-26-09 04:08 PM
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VICTORY: CA Dem Party Will Pass Resolution of Impeachment Inquiry Into Bybee Today---UPDATE: Passed
Source: Daily Kos

by dday

VICTORY: CA Dem Party Will Pass Resolution of Impeachment Inquiry Into Bybee Today. UPDATE: Passed Sun Apr 26, 2009 at 09:47:47 AM PDT

Several weeks of hard work have paid off, and the California Democratic Party, the largest Democratic Party in the country, is poised to provide a major tool in the fight for justice and accountability for the Bush torture regime. The Resolutions Committee included on their consent calendar the resolution to begin a Congressional inquiry into Judge Jay Bybee and other lawyers who wrote opinions justifying and providing the fig leaf of a rationale for torture, with all punishments allowable under the law, including impeachment. The language was softened slightly from the original resolution, but as Congress must begin the inquiry to get to impeachment, this has the same practical effect and can be used.

UPDATE: It passed moments ago. Yes!!!!




Read more: http://www.dailykos.com/storyonly/2009/4/26/724672/-VICTORY:-CA-Dem-Party-Will-Pass-Resolution-of-Impeachment-Inquiry-Into-Bybee-Today



UPDATE: Here's the full text of the resolution:

CALLING FOR THE INVESTIGATION OF JUDGE JAY BYBEE AND OTHERS FOR THEIR ROLE IN ALLOWING TORTURE AS PART OF "ENHANCED INTERROGATION"

Whereas, former Assistant Attorney General, and current Federal Judge of the Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit Jay Bybee signed the "Bybee Memo," or "Torture Memo" of August 1, 2002, which advised the C.I.A. that "cruel, inhuman or degrading" treatment was at times allowable under U.S. law, and authored, co-authored and signed other memos on "extraordinary rendition" and "enhanced interrogation," more of which are being currently revealed to the American public as the new Administration brings them to light; and

Whereas the Convention Against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman, or Degrading Treatment, the supreme law of the land under Article VI of our Constitution, requires the prosecution of those who authorize torture, and it has been established that waterboarding is torture; and

Whereas, on January 15, 2009 before leaving office, President George W. Bush, in an effort to cover his culpability, and the culpability of others, had his Office of Legal Counsel in the Department of Justice issue a memo stating that certain opinions issued in 2001-2003 with respect to "the allocation of authorities between President and Congress in matters of war and national security do not reflect the current view of this Office;"

Therefore be it resolved that the California Democratic Party supports resolution of inquiry and vigorous investigation of these and related actions by the Congress of the United States, including the full use of Congressional subpoena power authority and all appropriate remedies, to disclose completely the possible criminal actions of Judge Jay Bybee and others to the American people and to take necessary and available action with appropriate remedies and punishment allowed by law; and

Be it further resolved, that a copy of this resolution with its original authorization be sent to the Office of the Speaker of the United States House of Representatives, the Chair of the House Judiciary Committee, and the Majority Leader of the United States Senate, and that copies of the signed resolution be sent to each Democratic member of the California delegation to the United States Senate and House of Representatives.
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CaliforniaPeggy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-26-09 04:13 PM
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1. Most excellent!
K&R

:woohoo:
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aquart Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-26-09 04:20 PM
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2. Thank them for me.
WTF is the New York Democratic Party doing? Playing tiddly winks?
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dixiegrrrrl Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-26-09 04:22 PM
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3. Happy to be the 5th rec. I know there will be many more.
"As Ca. goes, so goes the nation" has been true for a long long time.

" Baby steps, Bob, baby steps".

and here is a :hug: to you, kpete for tracking and posting this great event.

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snake in the grass Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-27-09 12:27 PM
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62. "As Ca. goes, so goes the nation"
With the exception of Prop 8, unfortunately. Iowa is ahead of us.

But I do agree with you. Baby steps are still steps and the longest journey begins with the first one.
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Ian David Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-26-09 04:25 PM
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4. Let's see how far this goes. n/t
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Left Coast2020 Donating Member (597 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-26-09 08:54 PM
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30. Well, we can take it another step by writing/calling
State Bar Association: It just so happens I have address for all DUer's:

180 Howard Street
San Francisco, 94105
415-538-2000

In Los Angeles
213-765-1000

How's that for an activist? I didn't think of sending fax until after checking address, but I guess if someone wants to send fax, that may be better method of getting their attention. I think you address letter/fax to President of the Association.

Good Night, and Good Luck.
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peace frog Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-26-09 04:26 PM
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5. Well done
I've given up on the Florida Democratic party. Good work, California!
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lamp_shade Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-26-09 04:26 PM
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6. Kick this.
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jaxx Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-26-09 04:29 PM
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7. And so it begins.
Good job California!!!
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handmade34 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-26-09 04:45 PM
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8. Happy, Happy!
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Dogmudgeon Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-26-09 04:48 PM
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9. "So say we all"
As much as I hate being a fanboy, this is the sentiment that best expresses it.

--d!
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Aethertek Donating Member (46 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-26-09 11:45 PM
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37. Frakking Good News
Every journey begins with a single step.

No Peace
Kevin~
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Optical.Catalyst Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-26-09 04:55 PM
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10. I hope this leads to the first of many going to jail. n/t
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defendandprotect Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-26-09 05:03 PM
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11. Great news!! Repugs have been too much about legally harassing the little guy...
and not touching those responsible for our biggest crimes --!!!

Thank you, CA!
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pleah Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-26-09 05:26 PM
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12. K&R
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depakid Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-26-09 05:32 PM
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13. Where is he licensed to practice law?
Presumable DC and another state. Might be something that the disciplinary panels might look into.
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Infinite Hope Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-26-09 05:45 PM
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14. "provide a major tool..." Uh, a party's resolution doesn't provide a tool....n/t
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rocktivity Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-26-09 05:45 PM
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15. CUE THE VONAGE THEME!
Let's impeach SOMEBODY!!!!

:woohoo:
rocktivity
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IsItJustMe Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-26-09 05:55 PM
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16. Bull Shit. He is just a little fish in this thing. Time to go after the real culprits. I am
afraid that these little people take the blame when the people will get away with it.
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Bette Noir Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-26-09 07:15 PM
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26. He's a judge with a lifetime appointment. That's not a little fish,
but a grave danger to those of us who live in his area of responsibility. He needs to be gone.

But I would be happy to have Bush, Cheney, and Rumsfeld share his cell block.
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harun Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-27-09 06:26 AM
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45. NOT a little fish. It is looking more and more like he was given his seat on
the 9th circuit court of appeals as a reward for writing that memo. Very important to get this guy. It would affect many future decisions by judges trying to be corrupted.

It also sets the ground work for future prosecutions. If others are brought to justice they are going to want to point to this memo and say, "just following legal advice". If one can turn to that advice and say "that judge was fired for that advice", it helps a lot.
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Chan790 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-27-09 08:27 AM
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52. They always do.
It's part of the reason that I've been such a vocal opponent of the "prosecution" memes here on DU. We're not going to get anybody worth getting. We never do. Having real power means never having to say you're sorry or pay for your crimes. We're going to get small fish and some mid-level loyalists will fall on swords...just like Liddy, Libby and Ollie North. Bush, Cheney, et al. will live to f@ck us another day, another administration. The media will run stories with headlines like "Is Obama investigation of "War Crimes" a witch-hunt?" Karl Rove will go on FNC and tell idiot America it is a witch-hunt and...viola, it will be a witch-hunt regardless of actual legitimacy.
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santamargarita Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-26-09 06:02 PM
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17. At the very least, we get rid of a Bush appointee...
:puke:
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Hekate Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-26-09 06:21 PM
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18. Giddy little happy dance, giddy little happy dance....
Wish I could post that gif of Elaine from Seinfeld dancing all around; it would be perfect.

Oh my fellow California Democrats I wish I could give you a big smoochka!

Hekate


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OswegoAtheist Donating Member (440 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-26-09 06:33 PM
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20. k und r


Oswego "and George W. Bush must be tried for war crimes" Atheist
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Hekate Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-27-09 10:44 PM
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64. Got it!
That gif is a riot.




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Hubert Flottz Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-26-09 06:26 PM
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19. K&R
Impeach and imprison...also look at his rulings since he was placed on the bench.
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DUlover2909 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-26-09 06:52 PM
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21. Good on you California.
:kick: :dem:
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YvonneCa Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-26-09 06:57 PM
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22. See? We Californians get things right...
...every now and then. :7
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harun Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-27-09 07:41 AM
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47. Nice work. Repuke talking heads are freekin out about this. The first
holes in the damn are starting to leak, and it is making them very nervous.
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DUlover2909 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-27-09 09:00 AM
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55. I'm in Texas. I depend on you to get it right. It's not gonna happen here. NT.
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harry_pothead Donating Member (752 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-26-09 06:57 PM
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23. Sweet!
I just got back from the convention at Sacramento, I was wondering when that was coming down the pike.
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Bette Noir Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-26-09 07:12 PM
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24. Woo hoo!
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omega minimo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-26-09 07:13 PM
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25. Flashback to CA Dem convention 2006
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Cherchez la Femme Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-26-09 07:32 PM
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27. Looking for some history on Bybee...
I saw in a comment in the WaPo where the poster said: "He lied under oath to get the Judgeship as he refused to answer questions."

Does anyone have any links to his testimony regarding his then upcoming judgeship?
I tried what keywords I could think of and didn't get anything.

Thanks in advance!
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Cherchez la Femme Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-27-09 02:04 PM
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63. Anyone?
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davidinalameda Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-26-09 08:28 PM
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28. thank goodness!!!!!
this bastard needs to go!
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HughMoran Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-26-09 08:36 PM
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29. Impeach this fool
:spank:
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Left Coast2020 Donating Member (597 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-26-09 09:05 PM
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32. It seems to me that we are on a roll. It would be friggin sweet to see
this SOB tossed off the court on his head and into prison. It would have big Dick and his ilk wetting their pants. We can't stop. We've got momentum. Don't forget to call state bar association too.

:kick:
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winyanstaz Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-26-09 08:59 PM
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31. One tiny step for returning us into being a Nation of Law
....and a giant leap for mankind.
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Name removed Donating Member (0 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-26-09 09:15 PM
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myrna minx Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-27-09 08:07 AM
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49. Why would we go to a link for that site or Fox News?
:shrug:
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Name removed Donating Member (0 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-26-09 09:23 PM
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Vidar Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-26-09 09:24 PM
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35. Excellent.
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bjobotts Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-26-09 09:37 PM
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36. It's a start! Somebody's got to start it.
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The_Casual_Observer Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-26-09 11:52 PM
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38. This would be meaningful if it were happening in Washington
however, it isn't so it isn't.
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No Elephants Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-27-09 03:17 AM
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42. I bet Bybee finds it meaningful. Every drip of perspiration that anyone generates for him is
worth it. Was it Vermont that voted to impeach Bush? In any event, I was glad about that, even though I know it was never going to get him out of office. At least people stand up. Gotta give 'em props.
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avaistheone1 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-27-09 01:38 AM
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39. Woohoo California!
Leading the way!!

:kick:
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lies and propaganda Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-27-09 02:36 AM
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40. My state is the shit!
Now only if we could pass a law or two saying that regressive, shithole states cant come in and bankroll the fucking over of our citizens, that would be great!
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democrank Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-27-09 02:57 AM
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41. Good news
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No Elephants Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-27-09 03:30 AM
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43. Recommended. (Maybe we can get 100 recommends.) Seems as though Bybee wrote what he did to make
sure Bush appointed him for a judgeship. I don't think he should keep it. I'd feel bad for his family, but he'll probably write a book and make at least a couple of milion. And one less Republican on the bench is always a good thing.
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Christa Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-27-09 05:31 AM
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44. K & Highly rec'd.
:toast: :party: :fistbump: :headbang:
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florida08 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-27-09 07:37 AM
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46. Go CA!
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xchrom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-27-09 08:04 AM
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48. ok -- that's a good beginning. nt
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Bluenorthwest Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-27-09 08:14 AM
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50. Error: You've already recommended that thread.
Signs of life from the Golden State of late...
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disndat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-27-09 08:15 AM
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51. Another genius Obama end run,
or chess player move! He let the GENIE out of the bottle when he opened the torture memo. There is NO going back now. WOW!
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MasonJar Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-27-09 08:45 AM
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53. Thank you, California Democrats, for taking this important lead. May all
other state parties follow suit asap. I intend to call the Kentucky dems today and the Florida dems in two weeks when I go down there. Keep the pressure on, DUers!!!!!!
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NightHawk63 Donating Member (447 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-27-09 08:52 AM
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54. K'd and HIGHLY R'd n/t
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goclark Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-27-09 09:36 AM
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56. Yea for CA and yea for Speaker Karen Bass
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bluecoat_fan Donating Member (118 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-27-09 09:49 AM
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57. KR
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ieoeja Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-27-09 10:19 AM
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58. I hope Congress does not get caught up on the legality of Bybee's actions.

Bybee should be removed from office for incompetence. Advising a previous client that torture is legal definitely indicates poor judgement regarding legal matters. But giving that advice is not illegal.

His client acting upon that advice would be doing something illegal. And the client could sue Bybee for legal malpractice. But malpractice is a civil, not criminal, action.


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florida08 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-27-09 11:01 AM
Response to Reply #58
60. according to the U.S code
he committed conspiracy. http://caselaw.lp.findlaw.com/casecode/uscodes/18/parts/i/chapters/113c/sections/section_2340a.html

(c) Conspiracy. - A person who conspires to commit an offense
under this section shall be subject to the same penalties (other
than the penalty of death) as the penalties prescribed for the
offense, the commission of which was the object of the conspiracy.
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valerief Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-27-09 10:58 AM
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59. K&R. Buh-Bybee!
:kick:
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Joey Liberal Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-27-09 12:02 PM
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61. Huzzah!
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