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December 29, 2006

The man certainly makes use of avenues not available to his victims.

Saddam Hussein will be executed no later than Saturday, said an Iraqi judge authorized to attend his hanging. American and Iraqi officials met to set the hour of his death. Lawyers for Saddam Hussein asked a U.S. judge to block his transfer to the custody of Iraqi officials poised to carry out his execution.

Hussein's lawyers filed documents Friday afternoon asking for a stay of execution. The 21-page request was filed in U.S. District Court in Washington before Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly.

Attorneys argued that because Hussein also faces a civil lawsuit in Washington, he has rights as a civil defendant that would be violated if he is executed. He has not received notice of those rights and the consequences that the lawsuit would have on his estate, his attorneys said.

"To protect those rights, defendant Saddam Hussein requests an order of this court providing a stay of his execution until further notice of this court," attorney Nicholas Gilman wrote.

A similar request by the former chief justice of the Revolutionary Court, Awad Hamed al-Bandar, was denied Thursday and is under appeal. Al-Bandar also faces execution. The Justice Department argued in that case that U.S. courts have no jurisdiction to interfere with the judicial process of another country.

Read the rest here, plus another discussion of the impending event here.

Comments on The man certainly makes use of avenues not available to his victims.
AFSister briefed on December 29, 2006 09:34 PM

I figger'd you'd have the update up, John. MSM is reporting the execution carried out just before 10pm tonight in Bagdad.
I'll be praying for our troop's safety... something is bound to happen in retaliation.

Trias briefed on December 30, 2006 12:20 AM

He's dead now.

Boquisuci briefed on December 30, 2006 09:54 AM

If any one cares: Jeralyn at Talkleft, has the full briefs from the US District Court in D.C. THE PETITION & THE DENIAL.

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