Saddam, Defense Team to Boycott Next Trial Session

Saddam Hussein and his lawyers will boycott the next session of the deposed leader's trial in Iraq to protest what they say is the bias of the new chief judge hearing the case, Saddam's chief lawyer told The Associated Press on Monday.

"There is an unanimous decision by the defense team to not attend Wednesday's hearing because of the comedy we witnessed in yesterday's trial," Iraqi lawyer Khalil al-Dulaimi said as he arrived in Jordan from neighboring Iraq.

Chief judge Raouf Rasheed Abdel-Rahman cracked down Sunday in a chaotic trial session, ordering one of Saddam's co-defendants and a lawyer expelled from the courtroom. The entire defense team left in protest and Saddam was escorted out after a shouting match in which he yelled, "Down with America!"