New Chief Judge Named for Saddam Trial

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Court officials named a new chief judge to preside over the trial of Saddam Hussein, which is now due to resume Sunday.

STEVE INSKEEP, host: Here's an update on a story that we've heard less about today, than we expected. The trial of Saddam Hussein was supposed to resume, but after hours of delays, today's proceedings were postponed until Sunday. The court spokesman says some of the witnesses due to appear today are out of the country on the Muslim pilgrimage to Saudi Arabia.

Since the trial of the former Iraqi leader and seven other defendants began in October, it's been plagued by disruptions, accusations of government interference, the murders of two defense lawyers, and then the resignation of the chief judge. When the trial resumes, a new chief judge is expected to be in charge.

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