He is exerting his right to a fair defense. It won't stop him from being found guilty and sentenced to a life in prison; it will just ensure that his trial is perceived as fair. I hope that whatever trial Saddam gets has a comparable standards. What I would prefer would be an ICC-organised trial with a mixture of international judges and local ones, something similar to the East Timor trials. Since the involvement of the ICC is extremely unlikely, a trial run by Iraqis is the best option. I would prefer it to be held in a few years though - Iraq simply does not have the legal infrastructure necessary to hold it now. The ICC is a court... How could they have aided the war? By sending the judges in the front lines with their little hammers? All in all, I hope that the trial lives up to the Nuremberg ones.