Ninth Circuit Judge Jay Bybee's easy personality has served him well for most of his legal career. But it is also one clue into understanding why he's among the former Bush administration lawyers under review for war crimes by Spanish Judge Baltasar Garzon. Bybee has retained Latham & Watkins' Maureen Mahoney to negotiate the European inquiry and other probes of his role at the Justice Department, where he signed off on the so-called torture memos in 2002.
The Half-Life of Torture
April 13, 2009