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Tycoon Wyatt wants Saddam link omitted from trial (Sen. Kennedy implicated in possible treason)
Reuters ^ | 8/15/2007 | Christine Kearney

Posted on 08/15/2007 7:06:09 AM PDT by tobyhill

NEW YORK (Reuters) - A lawyer for Oscar Wyatt has asked a judge to exclude evidence from his upcoming trial that suggests a link between the Texas oil tycoon and Saddam Hussein and a tip to Iraq about the U.S. invasion.

The motion, filed in Manhattan federal court on Monday, comes three weeks before Wyatt, former chairman and founder of Coastal Corp., goes on trial accused of paying secret kickbacks to Iraq and corrupting the U.N. oil-for-food program.

He has pleaded not guilty to charges he conspired to pay several million dollars in kickbacks to Iraq in relation to the corrupted $67 billion program.

The motion seeks to remove prosecutors' evidence that suggests payments made by Wyatt to Iraq's state oil marketing organization were passed straight on to Saddam, arguing it would prejudice the jury.

"Prior to his execution, Hussein was considered one of the world's best known and most hated Arab leaders," according to the motion, which says prosecutors do not have to prove any connection to Saddam to convict Wyatt of the charges.

Wyatt is also asking to have portions of a diary of a former Iraqi state oil agency employee, Mubdir Al-Khudhair, omitted. It suggests Wyatt provided the Iraq government with information about when the United States would invade and bomb Iraq and how many soldiers would be sent, according to the motion.

"Such actions would likely be considered repugnant by most Americans and could potentially bias," said the papers, arguing the diary was irrelevant to Wyatt's case.

One diary entry also states that "Wyatt allegedly convinced Senator Edward Kennedy to deliver a speech against the war with Iraq," according to the motion. A spokesperson for Senator Kennedy did not immediately return a call seeking comment.

(Excerpt) Read more at reuters.com ...


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KEYWORDS: 110th; iraq; iraqioil; looselips; oilforfood; oscarwyatt; prequel; saddam; tedkennedy; treason; un
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1 posted on 08/15/2007 7:06:14 AM PDT by tobyhill
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To: tobyhill

Well, Kennedy committed treason back in the 1980s by helping the Soviets against Reagan, so why should helping Saddam be any different?


2 posted on 08/15/2007 7:08:08 AM PDT by Virginia Ridgerunner ("Si vis pacem para bellum")
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To: backhoe

OFF ping. This could get good....


3 posted on 08/15/2007 7:09:06 AM PDT by mewzilla (Property must be secured or liberty cannot exist. John Adams)
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To: tobyhill

bump


4 posted on 08/15/2007 7:11:33 AM PDT by lesser_satan (Fred Thompson '08)
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To: Virginia Ridgerunner

“Wyatt provided the Iraq government with information about when the United States would invade and bomb Iraq and how many soldiers would be sent”

How did Wyatt know that?


5 posted on 08/15/2007 7:12:28 AM PDT by bw17
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To: tobyhill
The motion seeks to remove prosecutors' evidence that suggests payments made by Wyatt to Iraq's state oil marketing organization were passed straight on to Saddam, arguing it would prejudice the jury.

So actually telling the jury what he did might "prejudice" the jury? That's a novel defence!

6 posted on 08/15/2007 7:13:40 AM PDT by Wil H (Islam translates to "submission", not "peace" - you can figure out the rest.)
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To: tobyhill
Oscar wants evidence of his guilt omitted because it might confirm his guilt. If it can be proved that Ted Kennedy provided the inside information, the senate should remove him.
7 posted on 08/15/2007 7:15:32 AM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks (BTUs are my Beat.)
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To: tobyhill

I wonder if any of the MSM will pursue this Kennedy link... /sarc


8 posted on 08/15/2007 7:15:42 AM PDT by theDentist (Qwerty ergo typo : I type, therefore I misspelll.)
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To: tobyhill

I wonder how much of those oil-for-food kickbacks The Swimmer was able to pocket.


9 posted on 08/15/2007 7:16:23 AM PDT by Chi-townChief
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To: bw17

He has given money to Ted Kennedy, Joe Biden, Jay Rockefeller, John McCain, Joe Lieberman, the DNC, the RNC, Tom Daschle, Bob Kerrey, Bob Dole, John Cornyn, Joseph Kennedy, and a long list of others.

He certainly believes in covering all the bases.


10 posted on 08/15/2007 7:18:19 AM PDT by bw17
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To: tobyhill
The motion seeks to remove prosecutors' evidence that suggests payments made by Wyatt to Iraq's state oil marketing organization were passed straight on to Saddam, arguing it would prejudice the jury.

Wyatt is also asking to have portions of a diary of a former Iraqi state oil agency employee, Mubdir Al-Khudhair, omitted. It suggests Wyatt provided the Iraq government with information about when the United States would invade and bomb Iraq and how many soldiers would be sent, according to the motion.

"Such actions would likely be considered repugnant by most Americans and could potentially bias,"

So, telling the truth and giving the jury all evidence might make him look guilty in their eyes? Hmmmm, we sure wouldn't want that.

11 posted on 08/15/2007 7:18:20 AM PDT by YellowRoseofTx
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To: tobyhill
The motion seeks to remove prosecutors' evidence that suggests payments made by Wyatt to Iraq's state oil marketing organization were passed straight on to Saddam, arguing it would prejudice the jury.

Well at least this guy and his lawyer get an "A+" for chutzpah. The last time I looked, evidence of guilt does tend to prejudice a jury in favor of conviction.

12 posted on 08/15/2007 7:18:44 AM PDT by InterceptPoint
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To: bw17

“How did Wyatt know that?”

Senator Kennedy?


13 posted on 08/15/2007 7:19:08 AM PDT by Bigh4u2 (Denial is the first requirement to be a liberal)
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To: bw17

My guess is that it’s a two way street, Wyatt talking to Kennedy and Kennedy talking to Wyatt or there’s even more politicians involved.


14 posted on 08/15/2007 7:20:23 AM PDT by tobyhill (The media lies so much the truth is the exception)
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To: bw17
How did Wyatt know that?

Jay Rockefeller comes to mind...

15 posted on 08/15/2007 7:20:49 AM PDT by johnny7 ("But that one on the far left... he had crazy eyes")
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To: theDentist
I did a google news search for this Kennedy connection and found a whole 16 articles worldwide.
16 posted on 08/15/2007 7:22:16 AM PDT by tobyhill (The media lies so much the truth is the exception)
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To: bw17

Jay Rockefeller or Leaky Leahy?


17 posted on 08/15/2007 7:23:21 AM PDT by Virginia Ridgerunner ("Si vis pacem para bellum")
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To: Bigh4u2

How dare you question Sen. Kennedy’s patriotism? What’s next, his driving?


18 posted on 08/15/2007 7:25:45 AM PDT by massgopguy (I owe everything to George Bailey)
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To: Virginia Ridgerunner
One diary entry also states that "Wyatt allegedly convinced Senator Edward Kennedy to deliver a speech against the war with Iraq," according to the motion.

Isn't that a bit like asking the Senator if he'd like another scotch? I don't see anything particularly damning in this with respect to Senator Kennedy. Of course the accused (Wyatt) would know if there is anything more to divulge, in which case he'll have an accident in the prison showers.

19 posted on 08/15/2007 7:27:36 AM PDT by Tallguy (Climate is what you plan for, weather is what you get.)
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To: InterceptPoint

“Well at least this guy and his lawyer get an “A+” for chutzpah. The last time I looked, evidence of guilt does tend to prejudice a jury in favor of conviction.”

It’s amazing isn’t it. “Your Honor, I respectfully request that you omit any evidence that points to my guilt, thank you”.


20 posted on 08/15/2007 7:28:53 AM PDT by dljordan
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To: Virginia Ridgerunner

‘Well, Kennedy committed treason back in the 1980s by helping the Soviets against Reagan, so why should helping Saddam be any different?’

Its a family tradition going back to WWII and Joe Kennedy’s sympathizing with the Nazi’s.


21 posted on 08/15/2007 7:29:13 AM PDT by Badeye (Gawd, I hope Badeye sees this! (Ping, and I always will))
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To: tobyhill

“Er ah, that could’ve been any bloated senatah!” — Diamond Ted Kennedy


22 posted on 08/15/2007 7:31:13 AM PDT by KingSnorky
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To: mewzilla

Thanks!


23 posted on 08/15/2007 7:31:40 AM PDT by backhoe (-30-)
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To: tobyhill
From 2004...

Americans' Role Eyed in U.N. Oil Scandal

Like it was limited to oil brokers.

Snort.

24 posted on 08/15/2007 7:32:09 AM PDT by mewzilla (Property must be secured or liberty cannot exist. John Adams)
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To: bw17

>>He certainly believes in covering all the bases.

Unfortunately, that’s a reflection of the power of government in our times.

If the government weren’t so powerful, it wouldn’t be worth donating so much money to all those political campaigns.

The best way to achieve “campaign finance reform”, is to take power away from government.


25 posted on 08/15/2007 7:32:58 AM PDT by FreedomPoster (Guns themselves are fairly robust; their chief enemies are rust and politicians) (NRA)
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To: Tallguy

There’s only one way to find out, call Sen. Kennedy to testify about what he knew and what he told a person he should have known was violating the law.


26 posted on 08/15/2007 7:34:04 AM PDT by tobyhill (The media lies so much the truth is the exception)
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To: mewzilla

it could but it won’t as the criminal liberal media won’t go near it....


27 posted on 08/15/2007 7:34:37 AM PDT by God luvs America (When the silent majority speaks the earth trembles!)
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To: johnny7

[How did Wyatt know that?

Jay Rockefeller comes to mind...]

Good guess. Rockefeller is the Chairman of the Intelligence Committee...


28 posted on 08/15/2007 7:34:49 AM PDT by khnyny (The best minds are not in government. If they were, business would hire them away. Ronald Reagan)
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To: Wil H
So actually telling the jury what he did might "prejudice" the jury? That's a novel defence!

Defense attorney, "Hey Judge this is they way the trail should go. The prosecutor tells the jury what he thinks my client did but he does NOT get to present evidence. Then I get up and tell the jury my defendant's side of the story AND point out that there is NO EVIDENCE that he did any thing wrong! Open and shut case."

29 posted on 08/15/2007 7:38:15 AM PDT by Hazcat (We won an immigration BATTLE, the WAR is not over. Be ever vigilant.)
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To: mewzilla

LOL. It’s amazing that even 13% of Americans approve of congress.


30 posted on 08/15/2007 7:38:16 AM PDT by tobyhill (The media lies so much the truth is the exception)
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To: mewzilla
Rich is still living in Switzerland and unavailable for comment.

LOL. The Clinton legacy.
31 posted on 08/15/2007 7:38:23 AM PDT by khnyny (The best minds are not in government. If they were, business would hire them away. Ronald Reagan)
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To: johnny7
Jay only went to Syria, Jordan and Saudi Arabia with information "Bush is coming after Saddam". (As far as we know)

The creep.

32 posted on 08/15/2007 7:40:27 AM PDT by BARLF
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To: tobyhill

Outstanding post! It’s too bad we can’t waterboard Wyatt. I guess the “rule of law” will have to do. /sarcasm


33 posted on 08/15/2007 7:45:00 AM PDT by PGalt
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To: johnny7

Rockefeller was the first one I thought of too.


34 posted on 08/15/2007 7:48:39 AM PDT by ravingnutter
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To: Wil H
“prosecutors do not have to prove any connection to Saddam to convict Wyatt of the charges.”

I suppose a john could be convicted of soliciting a prostitute without mentioning that the john’s money was passed directly to her or her pimp but that would kind of be pertinent wouldn’t one think?

35 posted on 08/15/2007 7:51:18 AM PDT by dblshot
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To: tobyhill

bfl


36 posted on 08/15/2007 7:55:28 AM PDT by shield (A wise man's heart is at his RIGHT hand;but a fool's heart at his LEFT. Ecc 10:2)
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To: tobyhill
Details?
37 posted on 08/15/2007 7:58:01 AM PDT by liberallarry
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To: tobyhill
Details?
38 posted on 08/15/2007 7:58:55 AM PDT by liberallarry
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To: Chi-townChief

Enough to tide him over when the deep-dig payola money ran out.


39 posted on 08/15/2007 8:02:41 AM PDT by rod1 (uake)
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To: liberallarry

The only details missing from the Houston article is the mention of Senator Kennedy. I wonder why?


40 posted on 08/15/2007 8:06:55 AM PDT by tobyhill (The media lies so much the truth is the exception)
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To: tobyhill

Chappaquiddick Fats probably has the boys scrubbing hard at this one.


41 posted on 08/15/2007 8:17:46 AM PDT by Chi-townChief
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To: Chi-townChief
There is only 16 articles worldwide as listed on google news search so they must really be doing some hardcore OT.
42 posted on 08/15/2007 8:24:11 AM PDT by tobyhill (The media lies so much the truth is the exception)
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To: tobyhill
It suggests Wyatt provided the Iraq government with information about when the United States would invade and bomb Iraq and how many soldiers would be sent, according to the motion.

In all fairness, Iraq was hardly a clandestine operation. I talked with friends in Army logistics, at Christmas time 6-18 months in advance, who knew the whole thing was coming. And posting 100,000 soldiers in Kuwait by February '03 may have tipped off some of the sharper observers of the situation.

Kennedy and others being implicit in phsy-ops to undermine the effort is one thing, but I find the claims of leaked operational details very dubious. The whole buildup wasn't much of a secret - and the rough invasion plan was easy to infer.

43 posted on 08/15/2007 8:57:49 AM PDT by sbMKE
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To: sbMKE

The issue is much larger than troop size, it’s about an oilman asking a Senator to stop a war because it affects his bank account and that liberal Senator not asking any questions about any legality of such request.


44 posted on 08/15/2007 12:54:54 PM PDT by tobyhill (The media lies so much the truth is the exception)
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To: bw17

LOL! There was an old story that went around southern political circles for years. A pro-business candidate was running against a Huey Long style “populist” who promised to tax the hell out of business if elected. The businessmen all gave a big donation to the pro-business candidate. Days later, that candidate learned that the businessmen had all donated to the anti-business candidate as well. When he asked them why, they said, “Of course we hope you win, but we bought protection in case you don’t”.


45 posted on 08/15/2007 1:02:29 PM PDT by puroresu
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To: tobyhill

The law and patriotism are for us peons, not the Kennedys.


46 posted on 08/15/2007 1:03:41 PM PDT by puroresu
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To: massgopguy

“What’s next, his driving?”

Well, we sure can’t question his swimming, since HE made it out alive.


47 posted on 08/15/2007 3:36:18 PM PDT by Bigh4u2 (Denial is the first requirement to be a liberal)
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To: DAVEY CROCKETT; CarolinaGOP; Calpernia

Ping.


48 posted on 08/15/2007 8:12:04 PM PDT by nw_arizona_granny ( Today is a good day for working on some heavy praying. The world needs God to hear them.)
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To: Calpernia

ping to me!


49 posted on 08/15/2007 8:17:15 PM PDT by Calpernia (Breederville.com)
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To: tobyhill

hey, there are some people

in this country that have a free ride to do

anything they want—

murder, treason, theft, lying ...

and ted kennedy’s one of these.


50 posted on 08/15/2007 8:18:17 PM PDT by ken21 (28 yrs + 2 families = banana republic junta. si.)
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