By Charles Pugsley Fincher, A Spin-Off of

"Sentence first -- Verdict afterwards," screams the Queen at Alice in Lewis Carroll's "Alice in Wonderland."  The Queen continues, " ... Off with her head."

After Saddam's capture last December, Sen. Joe Lieberman made a similar statement. He said that Saddam Hussein should get the death penalty, but that there should be a fair trial first.

I keep hearing versions of that where both officials and men- and women-on-the-street say that Saddam should be executed, but he should have a fair trial first. The unintended irony is humorous in the otherwise decidedly humorless Iraq mess.

Yesterday, I did a cartoon starring Perry Mason on the potential problems of the death penalty. To see it click here. 07.02.04

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