"I am implementing the law."
The new judge isn't letting Saddam get away with anything. Saddam said, "For 35 years I led you, and you say, 'Eject him?'" The new judge, Abdel-Rahman, told him, "I am a judge and you are a defendant. And you have violated order in the court. I am implementing the law." I'm sure many judges in the U.S. could learn from this. One that comes to mind is a county judge who had unlawfully threatened to jail me for 15 days. He and his clerk lied: at no time did I ever yell at her, let alone speak to either of them disrespectfully. I later learned he had a secret friendship with my opponent, which is why that scumbucket got a postponement for unspecified reasons, and why my legitimate request for a postponement garnered me a threat of summary judgment if I didn't appear.
Saddam is one of the most disrespectful defendants in history, if not the most. Our friend Capital Freedom pointed out the other day that he wants to sue Bush and Tony Blair in the International Criminal Court. Maybe he realized that attempt to appear insane didn't work, so he's trying even harder to disrupt the court proceedings and provoke a mistrial?
And Ramsey Clark needs to get his logic straight. The only reason "the court [was] seated without the defendants' counsel of choice" is because the defense lawyers left voluntarily in protest.