Defense lawyers put a series of witnesses on the stand in the trial of Saddam Hussein on Wednesday, trying to show that several low-level Baath Party officials had no role in a crackdown against Shiites in the 1980s. Saddam, who faces a possible death sentence if convicted on charges of crimes against humanity, appeared jovial in the session, smiling as he entered and joking with the judge when one of his co-defendants, Mohammed Azawi Ali, shouted that he had nothing to do with the crackdown in the Shiite town of Dujail. Full Story
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