Torture Memo Author Yoo Draws Crowd At St. Thomas Law School

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Former White House Counsel John Yoo was the featured speaker yesterday at a St. Thomas University School of Law conference on “Presidential Power: Prudence or Perversion.” Yoo, who is now a professor at the University of California Berkeley School of Law, joined his former White House associate, Robert Delahunty, now a law professor at St. Thomas. Yoo authored the infamous memo allowing President Bush to torture captives as part of the war an terror. Delahunty is credited with assisting Yoo. Both men have become lightning rods for torture protest groups. A variety of anti-torture and antiwar groups met yesterday on the mall outside St. Thomas Law School campus to peaceably voice their opinions. Some went inside to passively observe the conference.

Bill Sorem

Bill Sorem is a longtime advertising professional who started with Campbell Mithun and ended up with his own agency. After a tour as a sailing fleet manager in the Virgin Islands he turned to database programming as an independent consultant. He has written sailing guides for the British Virgin Islands and Belize, and written for a number of blogs. In 2010, he volunteered as a citizen journalist with The UpTake and has stayed on as a video reporter.

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