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Supreme Court Won't Rule on Saddam Case


Monday October 4, 2004 3:31 PM

WASHINGTON (AP) - A lawyer's long-shot bid to challenge the U.S. detention of Saddam Hussein as unconstitutional failed Monday after the Supreme Court declined to grant special permission to hear the case.

Attorney Curtis F.J. Doebbler of Washington had asked the court to review the case as an indigent appeal without the usual $300 filing fee. The request required special court approval since the legal papers did not have Saddam's signature vouching that he had no assets.

The Supreme Court declined to grant the waiver of its court rules, effectively ending the case unless Doebbler gets the documentation from Saddam. The two have never talked.

Saddam has been held by U.S. officials at an undisclosed location in Iraq after his capture by American forces last December.

Since then, U.S. authorities have refused to let any lawyers see Saddam.

In the filing, Doebbler said the detention of the 67-year-old violates multiple international laws and his constitutional Fifth Amendment right ``to be free of arbitrary detention.'' He also said the war crimes tribunal planned in Iraq was neither independent nor impartial.

CRIMINAL DISREGARD FOR INTERNATIONAL LAW

The usofa is holding hostage the legitimate government of Iraq.
"No amount of firepower
human or otherwise
can legitimate
the
criminal assault
on Iraq."