03/15/2009 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Bush Torture Memo Author Yoo Gets New Gig

Academic freedom is very important. Universities exist to produce knowledge, unconstrained by political winds or the whims of wealthy donors. If professors live in fear of termination without good cause, they cannot contribute their university's mission.

So even though I would have fired John Yoo from the Berkeley faculty--not because of his repugnant viewpoints, but because his incompetent representation of a former client, the United States of America, calls into question his ethical fitness to train young lawyers--I am sympathetic to the reasons why Berkeley allows him to stay.

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