Saddam Trial Judge Orders Media Blackout

By Brian 

“The judge in the Saddam Hussein trial closed the case to the media today after the courtroom descended into chaos,” CBS News correspondent Lara Logan reports.

At first, Judge Raou Abdel Rahman “repeatedly cut the audio feed to the press, forcing journalists to struggle to follow what was being said” as he argued with Saddam.

Then he took the “drastic step of ordering a blackout.” She explains: “The media sits at the back of the court behind bullet-proof glass. As soon as the session was closed, guards in the courtroom drew the gold curtains across the glass, shutting out the scene in the courtroom and leaving the media in darkness — both literally and figuratively.”