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Sunday, November 05, 2006

Saddam Hussein Sentenced To Die

I have significant objections to the death penalty as it relates to our American criminal justice system. That is a topic for another day. I don’t know enough about the Iraqi legal system, or Saddam Hussein's actual court case, to speak intelligently about the legal proceedings that led to his conviction and death sentence (,2933,227574,00.html). However, and regardless of whether you agree or disagree with our current foreign policy in Iraq, I think we can all agree that Iraqis, and the citizens of the world, are better off with Saddam Hussein and his sons out of power permanently. And, were it not for the courage and tenacity of our armed forces who hunted down those on the infamous “deck of cards,” these dangerous people would still be in positions to terrorize their own people and influence others to perpetrate acts of terrorism. There are no simple answers to the issues in the Middle East, or to the mindset that breeds terrorism, but I am thankful that our country continues to try to tackle these issues and that, at least after this verdict, the world is just a little better off.

By: Attorney Richard V. Stevens
Civilian criminal defense lawyer and military defense lawyer
Military Defense Law Offices of Richard V. Stevens, PC

Blog postscript: Attorney Frank Spinner and I (attorney Richard Stevens) are former active duty military lawyers (JAG). Our perspectives and advice, therefore, are based upon our experience as military defense lawyers and as civilian criminal defense lawyers practicing exclusively in the area of military law. This blog addresses issues in military law, military justice, military discipline, military defense, court-martial practice, the Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ) and other military and/or legal topics. Nothing posted in this blog should be substituted for legal advice in any particular case. If you seek legal advice for a particular case, please contact The Law Offices of Richard V. Stevens & The Law Office of Frank J. Spinner for a free consultation.

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