Bush administration lawyer John Yoo can be sued over his role in crafting the administration's terror policies, a federal judge ruled Friday.

According to multiple reports, inmate Jose Padilla will be allowed to proceed with his suit because, according to the judge, Yoo exceeded his role as an attorney when he counseled the president to use any means necessary to capture terrorists and extract information from them.

Human rights advocates and some liberal groups had hope to see Yoo made available to testify on his role, if not stand outright prosecution.