posted on 04/21/2009 @ 10:54pm
Torture memo author Jay Bybee, who outlined procedures for inflicting cruel and unusual punishments on prisoners in U.S. custody, should of course be impeached and removed from the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals bench.
But how did Bybee, who was either inept or corrupt, win Senate approval to serve as a federal judge?
As it happens, it was not easy.
Because Bybee was already a highly controversial figure, a narrowly Democratic Senate refused to act on the nomination that year.
Bybee's nomination died when it was "returned without action" in December, 2002.
A month later, the Senate Judiciary Committee split on the nomination, with 10 Republicans and 2 Democrats backing it while 6 Democrats were opposed. So, with a 12-6 endorsement, Bybee's nomination went to the full Senate.
The full Senate vote came on March 13, 2003, when Bybee was confirmed by a vote of 74-19.
Who cast the "no" votes?
Barbara Boxer (D-CA)
Robert Byrd (D-WV)
Jon Corzine (D-NJ)
Mark Dayton (D-MN)