Saddam thrown out of court after new judge appointed in Kurdish genocide trial Brett Murphy at 3:52 PM ET
[JURIST] Judge Mohammed Oreibi al-Khalifa was appointed Wednesday to preside over the second Saddam Hussein trial [JURIST news archive], replacing Chief Judge Abdullah al-Amiri who was removed at the Iraqi government's insistence [JURIST report] on Tuesday. Defense lawyers walked out of the court in protest of the replacement, and Hussein was later ordered to be removed from the court room after a heated exchange with al-Khalifa over Hussein's rejection of court-appointed lawyers. The court continued with business after Hussein's removal, as Kurdish witnesses took the stand to continue testifying about the chemical attacks that took placed during the so-called "Anfal" campaign [HRW backgrounder].
Paper Chase is JURIST's real-time legal news service, powered by a team of 30 law student reporters and editors led by law professor Bernard Hibbitts at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law. As an educational service, Paper Chase is dedicated to presenting important legal news and materials rapidly, objectively and intelligibly in an accessible, ad-free format.