Cleveland Prosecutor Worked On Saddam's Case

CLEVELAND (AP) - An assistant U-S attorney in Cleveland is back on the job after spending six months in Baghdad working on the prosecution of former Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein.

David Sierleja (SIR la jay) lobbied for the assignment, saying his support for the invasion of Iraq made his decision easy. Sierleja was part of an eleven-person team that arrived in Baghdad in July.

He worked with Iraqi prosecutors to prepare their case against Saddam. He interviewed potential witnesses, including Saddam's cousin, known as "Chemical Ali."

Sierleja never felt his life was in danger, but says explosions in the "Green Zone" were unsettling. Sierleja says Saddam's execution left him with mixed feelings.

He says some people conducted themselves in a less-than-professional manner.