I watch news reports of the trial off and on and have these random thoughts: (1) Does he have any constitutional rights since there is no Iraqi constitution? (2) I've already seen one witness testify behind a curtain to protect her identity which would violate the U.S. Constitution's right to confront witnesses. (3) I've seen the judge, at times, close the trial to the press which would violate the U.S. Constitution's right to a "public" trial. (4) Saddam began to testify last week but I saw no press report that he was advised he did not have to testify if he did not want to (but, then again, since no constitution is in place maybe he doesn't have that right) (5) It's a death penalty case yet it is heard not before a jury but before a five judge panel. At least from a judicial standpoint, Iraq has turned into Bush's dream world.
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