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Saddam bids to challenge case in the US
http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&cid=1538&ncid=732&e=1&u=/afp/20041219/wl_uk_afp/iraqsaddamjusticeusbritain ^

Posted on 12/19/2004 3:22:52 PM PST by hipaatwo

LONDON (AFP) - Former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein (news - web sites) is preparing a legal challenge in the United States to his trial for war crimes, a newspaper reports, citing leaked papers prepared by his defense team.

Clive Stafford Smith, a British human rights lawyer, has prepared a 50-page brief which contains advice to take the case to US courts to ensure he receives a fair trial, the Sunday Times reported after saying it had seen the document.

The action is to ensure that Saddam receives the basic legal rights given to those tried in the United States, such as full access to his defense team and an independent judge and jury, the newspaper said.

It said the leaked brief is entitled "The Iraqi Special Tribunal as Victors' Justice -- the Inherent Illegality and Bias of the Whole Process."

The brief argues that US law should prevail in the case because the trial is effectively being taken at the behest of the US government.

It argues Saddam will have trouble receiving a fair trial because leading members of the Iraqi and US administration have already publicly called for him to be found guilty and killed to "validate" the war, the newspaper said.


TOPICS: News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: clivestaffordsmith; iraq; prisonersaddam; reprieve; saddamtrial; soros
It’s no surprise to discover that Clive Stafford-Smith is a beneficiary of the George Soros Foundation.

http://www.soros.org/initiatives/justice/focus_areas/justice_fellows/grantees/clive_stafford_smith

1 posted on 12/19/2004 3:22:52 PM PST by hipaatwo
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To: hipaatwo

http://www.soros.org/initiatives/justice/focus_areas/justice_fellows/grantees/clive_stafford_smith


2 posted on 12/19/2004 3:23:09 PM PST by hipaatwo
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To: hipaatwo
...take the case to US courts to ensure he receives a fair trial

Should we be flattered or ashamed?

3 posted on 12/19/2004 3:27:02 PM PST by anonymous_user
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To: hipaatwo

I agree. Send him to Texas; Louisiana; Georgia; or Virginia. Maybe Oklahoma.


4 posted on 12/19/2004 3:29:02 PM PST by bushisdamanin04
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To: anonymous_user

He should be given as fair a trial as those he gave his own citizens. And his sentence should be carried out as swiftly as those of his citizens. And then for the rest of the 15 minutes, we can take a smoke break.


5 posted on 12/19/2004 3:30:29 PM PST by Emmett McCarthy
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To: hipaatwo

The ACLU is probably jumping at the chance to represent him and to humiliate the Bush Administration.

They should have shot him in that spider hole when they had the chance.


6 posted on 12/19/2004 3:32:02 PM PST by Dashing Dasher (Because I fly, I envy no (wo)man on earth. - Anon)
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To: bushisdamanin04

As long as he doesn't get the OJ jury.


7 posted on 12/19/2004 3:33:22 PM PST by Bernard (Caution Ahead - Road being Paved with Good Intentions)
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To: anonymous_user
Should we be flattered or ashamed?

The MSM should be flattered. We should be disgusted.

The rationale for moving the case to U.S. Courts is primarily driven by the media coverage that will result.

The defense counsel wants to try this case in the mainstream media -- putting the press in the jury box. And, given a jury that viscerally hates George W. Bush, what verdict are they likely to render for Saddam Hussein?

8 posted on 12/19/2004 3:33:26 PM PST by okie01 (The Mainstream Media: IGNORANCE ON PARADE)
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To: Bernard

Not in the states I named, he won't.


9 posted on 12/19/2004 3:38:27 PM PST by bushisdamanin04
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To: okie01
The rationale for moving the case to U.S. Courts is primarily driven by the media coverage that will result.

Agreed. And, if he a jury of Lefties, he'd probably be paid reparations.

10 posted on 12/19/2004 3:40:14 PM PST by anonymous_user
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To: hipaatwo
Click here for a transcript of an interview with Clive Stafford Smith. The interview's enlightening.
11 posted on 12/19/2004 3:40:18 PM PST by mewzilla
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Ashamed. How many leftist judges does soros own, here? How many states wouldn't apply the death penalty? How much would it cost to ship the hundreds of witnesses from Kuwait and Iraq (and put them up)?

He has absolutely no right whatsoever to access our legal system. This would be the ultimate leftist finger in the eye to us as citizens. I'd bet the media will lobby hard for it, though.

12 posted on 12/19/2004 3:41:53 PM PST by monkeywrench
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To: hipaatwo
to take the case to US courts to ensure he receives a fair trial,....FAIR TRAIL????

You mean like the FAIR TRAIL you gave everyone in Iraq, SADMAN??? Ok then will throw you in a wood chipper legs first!

13 posted on 12/19/2004 4:07:09 PM PST by SweetCaroline (Whenever the devil reminds you of your past, remind him of his future -REV 20:10)
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To: SweetCaroline

I predict 2-3 years from now Saddam may get on trial. When caprtured last year Allawi promised his trial would start by June 04. This will be another solobodan farce trial.


14 posted on 12/19/2004 4:43:15 PM PST by superiorslots
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To: hipaatwo
Clive Stafford Smith, a British human rights lawyer, has prepared a 50-page brief which contains advice to take the case to US courts to ensure he receives a fair trial

Cliffie's limp-wristed socialist motive stands out like a sore thumb: he knows Saddam will never be executed on American soil.
15 posted on 12/19/2004 5:06:34 PM PST by Bars4Bill
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To: Dashing Dasher
I really think things would be better in Iraq if they had throw a hand-grenade in that spider hole when he showed his head!!!
16 posted on 12/19/2004 5:11:42 PM PST by lolhelp
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To: hipaatwo
already posted here.
17 posted on 12/19/2004 5:44:37 PM PST by NutCrackerBoy
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To: NutCrackerBoy

Thanks, I did search before I posted and nothing came up.


18 posted on 12/19/2004 5:55:17 PM PST by hipaatwo
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To: hipaatwo

I hear Geragos has some free time on his hands.


19 posted on 12/19/2004 5:58:40 PM PST by small voice in the wilderness (Quick, act casual. If they sense scorn and ridicule, they'll flee..)
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To: hipaatwo

LOL! The trial is a formality. They probably already have the scaffold ready and waiting. I guess while Saddam is still breathing, he and those around him can still have hope. One thing is for sure, Saddam is going to assume room temperature in 2005.


20 posted on 12/19/2004 6:30:50 PM PST by TheDon (The Democratic Party is the party of TREASON)
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