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Saturday, July 29, 2006

International CrimProf Michael A. Newton Speaks About Hussein Trial to N.Y. Times

NewtonFrom NY Times.com: Vanderbilt University Law School International CrimProf Michael A. Newton, who helped train the Iraqi judges now deliberating Saddam Hussein and seven other defendants' fate spoke to the New York Times about the trial today.

"Iraqi procedural law, which governs the trial, requires that the judges be satisfied there is “proof to a moral certainty” that a defendant is guilty," said Newton.

He criticized the boycott by Mr. Hussein’s chosen lawyers as detrimental to his case, and praised the court-appointed lawyers. “Their arguments were very capable and very comprehensive, they were focused on the details on the case,” he said in a telephone interview here. “I think they were very effective arguments, from a defense perspective.” Rest of Article. . . [Mark Godsey]

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