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Just a tool? When the U.S. Justice Department declassified recently a 2003 memo authored by then-Deputy Assistant Attorney General John Yoo, the listserv for lawyers representing detainees at Guant�namo Bay, Cuba, lit up. It was, Alston & Bird partner Jon Fee said, “aflame” with “a vigorous discussion” about what should become of Yoo. The memo, which was withdrawn by Yoo’s successor, exempted military interrogators from federal laws prohibiting maiming and assault. Yoo has said that the memo was in keeping with the Justice Department’s deference to the president’s authority in wartime. Speaking during a recent panel discussion, Fee, who represents five detainees, said the so-called Gitmo bar was split, roughly, into three factions: those who said Yoo should be disbarred; those who said he should be fired from his job at the University of California, Berkeley School of Law; and those who felt that Yoo was “a tool” used by his superiors in the Bush administration. A question was raised: Will heads roll once the Bush administration is no more? Elisa Massimino, Washington director of Human Rights First, said that when she met the Democratic presidential candidates, both pledged to reverse the Bush administration’s interrogation policies. But when she asked whether they would consider legal action against those responsible, “they were very reluctant” to broach the topic, she said. Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr partner Paul Wolfson, a lawyer for the group of detainees whose case is under review by the U.S. Supreme Court, added: “I just don’t think the country could stomach it.” � Legal Times Bikers! Be more discriminating! A traffic court judge in Philadelphia is accused of soliciting campaign donations at a motorcycle club event in exchange for a promise to help out motorcyclists appearing in court. Pennsylvania Judicial Conduct Board records allege that Judge Willie F. Singletary promised favorable treatment in exchange. According to board records, Singletary offered bikers a blessing and then asked whether “you’re all going to help me out?” He then said: “There’s going to be a basket going around because I’m running for Traffic Court Judge, right, and I need some money. I got some stuff that I got to do, but if you all can give me twenty dollars you’re going to need me in Traffic Court, am I right about that?” In closing, Singletary said, “I just hope you have it, because I have to raise $15,000 by Friday.” � The Legal Intelligencer Pie fight An argument between two brothers over the preparation of a traditional English dish degenerated into an assault with a shovel and a threatened firebombing, the London Daily Telegraph reported. Michael Garvin and his brother John had spent the day drinking when Michael cooked a shepherd’s pie for John. John complained that the dish lacked a top layer of sliced tomatoes. Michael, a chef, responded by crowning John with a shovel. John threatened to petrol bomb Michael’s flat � a threat Michael took seriously, because John once set fire to his own flat. John’s defense lawyer, Liz Parker, denied he made the threat. “What he does say is that Michael hit him over the head with a shovel and there was a lot of trouble over very little,” she said. John “admitted a breach of the peace, and was bound over to keep the peace for 12 months in the sum of �200,” the newspaper reported. The Telegraph noted that Delia Smith, a foremost authority on English cooking, makes no mention of tomatoes in her shepherd’s pie recipe. � Staff Reports

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