On Tuesday night, Scott Greer Bybee, the 26-year-old son of 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Jay Bybee, fatally shot himself at a Mormon temple in east Las Vegas.
According to Las Vegas Police Department spokesman Lt. Mark Reddon, Bybee's family called police just before the shooting because they feared Bybee was on his way to the temple to commit suicide. When police arrived, they found Bybee dead in the temple's garden, apparently from a self-inflicted gunshot.
“It will take time for Jay, Dianna, and their other family members, to begin the healing process, but they will be grateful for your prayers and good wishes on their behalf,” Judge Milan Smith said in a statement sent to friends and colleagues, according to the Las Vegas Review Journal. Smith also said that Scott Bybee had suffered from depression for years.
Judge Bybee is best known for signing the famous "torture memo" in August 2002 when he was former assistant attorney general for the Office of Legal Counsel under George W. Bush. The “enhanced interrogation techniques” endorsed by the memos are considered torture by many American allies as well as the Justice Department, Human Rights Watch, Amnesty International, and others.