Sunday, November 27, 2005

Ramsey Clark to Defend Saddam Hussein

Today it was announced that former U.S. Attorney General Ramsey Clark will join the defense team for Saddam Hussein.

This is good news. It should dispel any notion anywhere in the world that this is not a serious trial with top-notch defense counsel. In the words of Robert Jackson, this should "dispose of the contention that to put [this man] to trial is to do [him] an injustice entitling [him] to some special consideration. [This] defendant may be hard pressed but [he is] not ill used." Saddam will be but the latest leader "of a defeated nation to be prosecuted in the name of the law, ... [and] also the [latest] to be given a chance to plead for [his] life in the name of the law."