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Drone-memo author is confirmed as federal appeals judge

Posted May 23, 2014 7:46 AM CDT
By Debra Cassens Weiss

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The U.S. Senate has confirmed Harvard law professor David Barron as a judge on the Boston-based 1st U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals amid controversy over a memo he wrote for the U.S. Justice Department.

The Senate confirmed Barron on Thursday after the Justice Department indicated it would release Barron's memo justifying the killing of an American terrorism suspect living overseas, report the Huffington Post and the Boston Globe.

The memo, written by Barron while at the Justice Department’s Office of Legal Counsel, will be released in redacted form. Lawmakers were allowed to see the memo last week, according to prior coverage.


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