Friday, July 28, 2006


Can anyone explain to me why the trial of Saddam Hussein has now adjourned until October when he'll received his sentence, except for one itsy bitsy little tidbit? Um... isn't October just a month before the mid-term elections in the U.S.? Gee, a conviction (assured) could be touted as some positive news coming out of Iraq, eh? I mean, am I just paranoid, or are the manipulations that transparent? I really can not fathom why a trial of such magnitude would adjourn for FOUR MONTHS between the conclusion of evidence and arguments and the issuing of sentencing.


bibble babble said...

It's not unusual for months to elapse between the witness/evidence presentation part of an international trial and the handing down of the judgment. At first trial concluded before the UN's former Yugoslav Tribunal in The Hague, Tadic had to wait six months for his judgment (last day of evidence, 28 November 1996 , judgment pronounced 7 May 1997). Reasons for the delay can include if there's court vacation scheduled, the copious amounts of evidence to adjudge (in Tadic 6000 pages of transcript to re-read, not to mention all the other evidence submitted), and in the Hussein and Tadic cases there's the fact both are coping also with rules and procedures that are entirely new as this is the first case before them.

Having said all that, I understand your suspicion; were I not aware of the often interminable lengths of international trials (isn't there a human right to expeditious legal proceedings in the interests of fairness) I'd be with you wondering about possible manipulations... though that's not to say that the judges, realizing that they'd be ready to pass judgment in autumn sometime, 'choose' a date that pleased their political masters!

bibble babble said...

P.S. Sorry to add more and hijack this thread - I forgot to mention that the only reason I'm aware and able to answer this is that I research this area of law. Also great blog, you're articulating a lot of my thoughts/concerns (I'm job searching in academia too) and it's reassuring to know there's others out there going through similar experiences; thanks for your blog!

ArticulateDad said...

Thanks for your comments, BB. Yeah, we're all in this together. As I recently wrote in an email to my advisor/mentor, Dr. TassePlein:

I'm trying to keep my spirits up. I do believe in my work. I think there is a place for it, and that I've developed a niche that is underserved. Else I would have given up a long time ago.

We've all got to believe.