Judicial Profile: Jay Bybee

Controversial past doesn't follow Bybee into courtroom

The Recorder

Ninth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals Judge Jay Bybee had a smooth, bipartisan confirmation only two years ago. But then scandal erupted last summer in the form of a memo signed while he was assistant attorney. A year later, Bybee is anything but controversial. While remaining true to his conservative roots, Bybee has emerged as a jurist with a knack for creating coalitions and tamping dissent.