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December 30, 2006

Swift capital justice for Saddam

Newt1saddam02 At CNN.com here, there is lots of coverage of the execution of Saddam Hussein (including video of the noose being placed around Hussein's neck).  Here is how the lead article begins: "Defiant to the end, Saddam Hussein mocked Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr moments before he was hanged, a witness said Saturday. The Iraqi government executed Hussein as punishment for his conviction of a 1982 massacre, more than two decades before he was toppled by a U.S.-led invasion."

For some blogosphere coverage, check out TalkLeft and Althouse and Instapundit.  My own reaction is to wonder whether all the US states struggling with lethal injection protocols might start seriously talking about hanging as an alternative.

UPDATE:  A helpful reader has sent me US District Judge Kollar-Kotelly's interesting little opinion (available below) denying Saddam Hussein's application to stay his execution.  The opinion concludes that "this Court is without jurisdiction to entertain his petition for a writ of habeas corpus."

Download saddam_hussein_opinion.pdf

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Are you serious? Hanging seems barbaric, and with the US history of lynching slaves, it's completely disgraceful.

Posted by: 3rd party observer | Dec 30, 2006 12:11:55 PM

The hanging looked like it was conducted in a less than solemn manner. Not that I really care, but the reality is that the Iraqi government looked clownish. The executioners did not seem professional at all. Saddam deserved a far worse fate.

Posted by: federalist | Dec 31, 2006 1:49:08 AM

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