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Tuesday, January 04, 2011

Padilla sued author of 'torture memos'

On January 4, 2008, convicted terrorism conspirator Jose Padilla filed a lawsuit in the US District Court for the Northern District of California against University of California, Berkeley law professor John Yoo, the author of the so-called "torture memos," controversial US government memos arguing that detained enemy combatants could be denied Geneva Conventions protections against torture. The suit alleged that Yoo's memos, written while he was a senior lawyer in the US Justice Department, helped set the Bush administration's treatment of people detained as part of the war on terror. The court denied a motion to dismiss the lawsuit, a decision which has been appealed to the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

Jose Padilla

Learn more about Jose Padilla and the "torture memos" from the JURIST news archive.

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