The decision to promise no prosecution of those who followed the legal advice of the Bush administration lawyers was easier, aides said, because it would be hard to charge someone for doing something the administration had determined was legal. The lawyers, however, are another story.
It seems to me almost possible that President Obama plans to do something to redeem the honor of the USA and of the legal profession. I am, I admit, a neurotic nationalist, so I sure hope so for the USA. Also, I am amazed at the idea that there is such a thing as the honor of the legal profession.
Can we make people think of lawyers as expressions of our moral sense and agents for good ? Can we say "it was acceptable for a layman, but you are a lawyer and have betrayed your higher vocation" without getting laughed of the stage ?
Personally I think "No we can't," but looks like there is a lawyer in the White House who disagrees.
hmmm love that article which goes on
Three Bush administration lawyers who signed memos, John C. Yoo, Jay S. Bybee and Steven G. Bradbury, are the subjects of a coming report by the Justice Department’s ethics office that officials say is sharply critical of their work. The ethics office has the power to recommend disbarment or other professional penalties or, less likely, to refer cases for criminal prosecution.