Saddam Hussein has requested that if the verdict from his first trial, due to be presented on the 5th of November, is for his death then he wants a specific style of execution.
Namely, blindfolded and tied to a post before a firing squad.
The timing of the verdict was been moved to the 5th of November, allegedly because the judges were having trouble making their minds up. Now here's the funny thing, the revised date is just two days before the US midterms.
Some cynics have suggested that President Bush has "requested" this date so as to maximise the political gain for the Republican Party, which currently faces a well deserved drubbing from the electorate for its criminally incompetent handling of the invasion and post Saddam occupation of Iraq.
It would be somewhat ironic if the verdict were "not guilty". I guess though, President Bush has been assured by those in the know that the verdict will be "guilty".