ABC News reports:
It appears John Yoo cannot be disciplined or disbarred for writing those memos, even if the Office of Professional Responsibility says it has evidence he should be.
That’s because OPR’s five-year investigation—carefully timed for release only as Bush was leaving the White House and Obama was coming in—dragged on too long. As a result of that timing, OPR blew the deadline for referring possible misconduct allegations against Yoo.
John Yoo is admitted to the bar in Pennsylvania. But the Pennsylvania Disciplinary Board, which would investigate any complaints against him, imposes a four-year limitation for complaints.
Yoo wrote the memos in 2002 and 2003. This is 2009. You do the math.
(Via the Corner.)
The OPR delayed its report to a time when it would generate maximum political impact, but could no longer result in any consequences. Obviously, there is only one way that makes sense, and that’s if the sole purpose of the investigation is the political impact.
The “Office of Professional Responsibility” is sounding profoundly ill-named.