Incase you missed Todd’s earlier post today on the Saddam death watch, it’s an interesting read on gallows history. AP News reports that Saddam will be executed within the hour. If you’re one of those folks who believes that famous people pass away in 3’s, Saddam will join James Brown and Gerald Ford, to be third famous person to pass away with in the past few days. How’s that for odd irony?
A U.S. judge has “refused to stop Saddam’s execution, rejecting a last-minute court challenge,” which means he’ll be swinging shortly…
The official witnesses to Saddam Hussein’s impending execution gathered Friday in Baghdad’s fortified Green Zone in final preparation for his hanging, as state television broadcast footage of his regime’s atrocities.
With U.S. forces on high alert for a surge in violence, the Iraqi government readied all the necessary documents, including a “red card” — an execution order introduced during Saddam’s dictatorship. As his time waned, Saddam received two of his half brothers in his cell Thursday and was said to have given them his personal belongings and a copy of his will.
Najeeb al-Nueimi, a member of Saddam’s legal team in Doha, Qatar, said he too requested a final meeting with the deposed Iraqi leader. “His daughter in Amman was crying, she said, ‘Take me with you,'” al-Nueimi said late Friday. But he said their request was rejected.
The judge, U.S. District Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly said that “U.S. courts do not have jurisdiction to interfere in another country’s judicial process.”
The ruling can be appealed, but it was issued within an hour of the time Iraqi officials said they expected the execution to be carried out.
An adviser to Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki said Saddam would be executed before 6 a.m. Saturday, or 10 p.m. Friday EST. Saddam and others were convicted of murder in the killings of 148 Shiite Muslims from an Iraqi town where assassins tried to kill Saddam in 1982.
The Saddam death watch in blogosphere tonight encompasses the left and the right, Memeorandum has a plethora of links.