Things must not be going well in the trial of Saddam Hussein. But then, it would help if the prosecution wasn't clearly trying to emulate the Red Queen's "Sentence First, Verdict Later" method of jurisprudence.
Saddam's lead lawyer said the judge was surprised to hear an embarrassing truth come out in his courtroom.
Three of the witnesses testified last week that some of the 148 Shiites that Saddam and his seven co-defendants are accused of killing were still alive, defense lawyer Najib al-Nueimi told The Associated Press. The fourth told the court that chief prosecutor Jaafar al-Moussawi tried to bribe him to make up testimony against Saddam.
The lawyer, Khalil al-Dulaimi, contends that the defense introduced videotaped proof that a prosecution witness testified falsely, and asks why that witness hasn't been arrested. It's a fair question.
Why would this be a fair question? Because Saddam's witnesses are being arrested and imprisoned. Why?
The arrests came as the defense was trying to press its most aggressive argument yet: that the prosecution invented large parts of its case using false documents and perjured witnesses.
Silencing a man's defense so that guilt can be assured. - what a great example of the freedom and liberty Bu$hCo is giving the Iraqi people!
After the CIA coups of 1958, and the later ones of 1963 and 1968, which was the process which put Saddam in power in Iraq in the first place, can one blame the Iraqis of being wary of the offer of such gifts from America?
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