Today’s LA Times had more information on Iraqi icon Muntazar al-Zaidi’s case in court. His lawyers have good arguments.
Zaidi’s legal team, more than 20 lawyers who jostled for space around the pen, cited two principal reasons why their client should not have been charged.
Bush was a drop-in guest, they said, not an official visitor to Iraq, hence he should not face charges of assaulting a visiting dignitary. Second, they maintained that because the act occurred in the U.S.-controlled Green Zone, Bush was not technically visiting Iraq at the time.
To back up that first assertion, here’s an AP article from last year:
On a whirlwind trip shrouded in secrecy and marred by dissent, President George W. Bush on Sunday hailed progress in the wars that define his presidency and got a size-10 reminder of his unpopularity when a man hurled two shoes at him during a news conference in Iraq.
Back to the LA Times article:
It was the hottest ticket in town. It drew spectators from as far off as Sweden and sparked a scramble for choice seats. Police formed human chains to block crowds that surged forward to glimpse the star attraction: a defiant-looking man in black loafers.
As the defendant entered the courtroom, applause erupted and most spectators stood up, either to get a better look or to express support. Zaidi glanced at the crowd but remained poker-faced.
Pandemonium erupted when the session adjourned. Friends and relatives rushed to the pen, hoping to touch or kiss Zaidi. Courtroom guards yelled at the crowd to behave and leave the room.
In the corridor outside, police linked arms and formed human chains to prevent hundreds of onlookers from closing in on Zaidi. He waved at the mostly cheering crowd and raised his fist in the air before disappearing down the staircase, surrounded by guards.
I am staying tuned for future developments.
Hutz: I move for a bad court thingy.
Judge Snyder [modeled on Robert Bork]: You mean a mistrial.
Hutz: Right!! That’s why you’re the judge and I’m the law-talking guy.
Judge: You mean the lawyer?