This program reveals a tainted procedural that can be seen as a microcosm of the challenges and dysfunctions of forming the Iraqi government itself. The divisions between Iraq’s Shia, Sunnis and Kurds throughout the country are represented in the courtroom.

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Saddam Hussein during his trial

The documentary closely examines, for the first time, the full process of trying, convicting and sentencing Saddam Hussein, highlighting the lawyers involved, the multiple judges who presided over the case, the verdict and the sentence — execution. With evidence of tampering and claims of mischaracterization of justice, was this truly a model of judiciary practice for a fledgling democracy?

America at a Crossroads