12.06.2005

Saddam's Trial

It's odd that the first witness in the Sadam Hussein trial testified behind a curtain and with a voice synthesizer. Ironically, that would never fly in an American courtroom where, thank goodness, there is something called the Confrontation Clause that would prohibit such a thing. Think about it: If someone accused you of a crime, how could your lawyer cross examine him or her if they it could not be determined who they were? And this is a death penalty case! And another disturbing thing was this report: "The most compelling testimony came from the woman identified only as 'Witness A,' who was a 16-year-old girl at the time of the crackdown. Her voice breaking with emotion, she told the court of beatings and electric shocks by the former president's agents." Agents? Certainly we wouldn't put President Bush on trial for the actions of soldier Lindy England at Abu Ghraib prison.

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

I don't know just why you would be so shocked. The Lake Dallas officer that charged a person in Denton county wasn't required to show up in court to face the person that he lied about in court. The DA of Denton knew and it wasn't a problem then. Why would anyone expect anything different in this case. One has only to ask,,just as to whom is in control of this case being heard,,it isn't the judge that's for sure.

Anonymous said...

The legal system in Iraq is just as corrupt and unjust as the legal system here. The thing is, so what? There's nothing that can be done about it except to avoid trouble (or getting caught). After all his posturing, we went to war, won the war (despite Howard Dean's observations), and now Saddam has been caught. Time to pay the piper. Who cares if an unjust system doles out his punishment?

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