Law Students Flush Human Rights Down the Toilet
4/21/2010 1:39:03 PM
Politics, torture, torture memos, John Yoo, pranks, Matt Cornell, Gawker, Danielle Maestretti
John Yoo is probably best known for his stint at the Department of Justice under George W. Bush, where he authored the infamous “torture memos” that provided legal justification for torture. Nowadays he’s teaching at Boalt Hall, the law school at the University of California at Berkeley—where on April 20, according to Gawker, the bathrooms were stocked with toilet paper bearing his name (“this toilet paper made possible by John Yoo, professor of law”) along with text from the UN’s Convention Against Torture.
The T.P. transplant was orchestrated by Los Angeles–based artist/prankster Matt Cornell. You can crack open a PDF of the toilet paper and watch a video of the installation at www.yootoiletpaper.com.