Sunday, November 13, 2005

Ten Million Lawyers

The London Guardian reports that 1,100 lawyers have left Saddam Hussein's defense team. This suggest a solution to Boeing's problem is imminent.

AMMAN, Jordan (AP) - Some 1,100 Iraqi lawyers have withdrawn from Saddam Hussein's defense team, citing insufficient protection following the slayings of two peers representing co-defendants of the ousted Iraqi leader.

In a statement obtained Sunday, the lawyers did not say whether Saddam's chief Iraqi attorney, Khalil al-Dulaimi, was among those who withdrew. But the statement said other members of the team in Baghdad were continuing their duties ``under complex and dangerous circumstances.''

I'm guessing the danger is either from homicidal killers trained by their client, or homicidal killers getting revenge. So how many lawyers are left?

Support lawyers for Saddam's team in Jordan were not immediately available for comment.

If they were holed up in hotels there, they probably never will be available for comment.

Saddam and seven co-defendants are on trial in a special Iraqi tribunal, charged in the 1982 deaths of 148 Shiite Muslims in Dujail after an assassination attempt against Saddam in that town north of Baghdad.

So, let's see. Guess he has 500 lawyers in reserve, meaning he started with 1,600 to defend him against a charge of murdering 148 people. But he actually murdered 1 million people, so to deal with all charges he'll need 1,600*(1,000,000/148) = 10,810,810 lawyers. He'll need every trial laywer in the US!

Ten million lawyers in a war zone full of homicidal mass murderers, what's not to like?