They don’t want to die in order to defend Saddam.
From the Guardian:
AMMAN, Jordan (AP) – Some 1,100 Iraqi lawyers have withdrawn from Saddam Hussein’s defense team, citing insufficient protection following the slayings of two peers representing co-defendants of the ousted Iraqi leader.
In a statement obtained Sunday, the lawyers did not say whether Saddam’s chief Iraqi attorney, Khalil al-Dulaimi, was among those who withdrew. But the statement said other members of the team in Baghdad were continuing their duties “under complex and dangerous circumstances.”
Support lawyers for Saddam’s team in Jordan were not immediately available for comment.
I guess it’s true after all: you get what you give.