Name Your Proceeding, Judge

1 July 2004

In the feeding frenzy that is the national media I’ve heard today’s legal proceedings in Iraq called many things. I’ve heard tribunal, preliminary hearing, arraignment, trial, court hearing, judicial hearing, a court appearance, an appearance before an Iraqi judge and Saddam’s day in court.

One network spent an unusual amount of time speculating about why Hussein was allowed to dye his hair before appearing in court.

With a new constitution and government that is only days old, the questions will swirl endlessly around every piece of legal maneuvering that lawyers would be doing were these events happening in the USA.

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