The law professor who wrote one of the seminal “torture memos” that cleared the way for harsh and what critics call abusive and illegal interrogation techniques is safe in his job, the dean of the school says.

University of California-Berkeley School of Law Dean Christopher Edley Jr. took sharp exception to professor John Yoo‘s legal analysis for the Bush administration’s Justice Department in a message posted on the school’s Web site. But Edley said the responsibility for any resulting breaches of law rested with Yoo’s clients — then-Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld and President Bush.