Saddam Gets Yelled At


A series of outbursts and the forcible removal of a defense lawyer today has broken a recent string of orderly sessions in the trial of Saddam Hussein.

After the contentious start, the trial settled down to more defense testimony.

It all started when the attorney tried to speak but the judge told her a couple of times to "sit down."

The woman continued to talk, prompting the judge to yell at the guards to take her away.

As the attorney was being led out, Saddam shouted in objection, saying he's the "president of Iraq" and is "above all."

The judge reminded Saddam he's a defendant, "not a president."

Saddam and seven former members of his regime face possible execution by hanging if convicted on charges of crimes against humanity in a crackdown against Shiites in the 1980s.


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