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Things That Make You Go Hmmmmm…


This just in from the AP (via MSNBC):  the verdict in Saddam Hussein's trial will be issued on November 5th, when his sentence will also be rendered.  Wow, what a coincidence that this date is so close to American elections, eh?  Who could have predicted something like that. 

But wait, here's the part that made me go, "hmmmmmm:"

That trial adjourned July 27 to allow its five-judge panel to consider a verdict. The court was to have reconvened Monday to hear a verdict.

"The Dujail trial will resume Nov. 5 when the presiding judge will announce the verdict and the sentencing," Juhi said.

Gee, I wonder why the delay?  Security concerns due to the increasing violence in Iraq?   (Despite Nedra Pickler's steno articles to the contrary, things are not going swimmingly at the moment.)  Or that the UK wants out of Iraq, and soon?  Any other possible reasons they would push off the sentencing hearing until just before the date of the US elections?  Hmmmm…

(H/T to Peterr for the spot on this article.)

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Christy Hardin Smith

Christy Hardin Smith

Christy is a "recovering" attorney, who earned her undergraduate degree at Smith College, in American Studies and Government, concentrating in American Foreign Policy. She then went on to graduate studies at the University of Pennsylvania in the field of political science and international relations/security studies, before attending law school at the College of Law at West Virginia University, where she was Associate Editor of the Law Review. Christy was a partner in her own firm for several years, where she practiced in a number of areas including criminal defense, child abuse and neglect representation, domestic law, civil litigation, and she was an attorney for a small municipality, before switching hats to become a state prosecutor. Christy has extensive trial experience, and has worked for years both in and out of the court system to improve the lives of at risk children.

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