The 9th, John Yoo? You really think the 9th Circuit is gonna be more sympathetic to your cause than the judge who already ruled Padilla can sue you? (h/t fatster)

Former Bush administration lawyer John Yoo will appeal a federal judge’s ruling that allowed a prisoner to sue him for devising the legal theories that led to his alleged torture, Yoo’s attorneys said today.

President Obama’s Justice Department, which represented Yoo in unsuccessfully seeking dismissal of the suit, filed a notice saying he would ask the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco to intervene in the case. Department attorneys also said they were dropping out of the case and that Yoo was now represented by a private lawyer, not identified in the court document.

Well, I guess you gotta go through the 9th to get to Scalia and Alito…

Enter your vote below for which private lawyer Yoo has retained to try to save his rear end.



Marcy Wheeler aka Emptywheel is an American journalist whose reporting specializes in security and civil liberties.