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Lawyers ask U.S. judge to exclude document suggesting treason by Texas oilman Osacar Wyatt Jr.

Lawyers ask U.S. judge to exclude document suggesting treason by Texas oilman Osacar Wyatt Jr.

A document suggesting that Texas oilman Oscar S. Wyatt Jr. provided former President Saddam Hussein's government with information about when the United States would invade Iraq should be excluded from his upcoming oil-for-food trial, his lawyers say.
"This document essentially alleges that Wyatt has committed the deplorable crime of treason and aided an enemy of the United States," the lawyers said in court papers made public Tuesday.
Wyatt is scheduled to go on trial next month on charges that he conspired to pay millions of dollars in kickbacks to Saddam's regime in Iraq to win contracts in the United Nations' oil-for-food program.
Lawyers for Wyatt said in the papers, filed Monday, that highly prejudicial and irrelevant statements were in a diary of an employee at Iraq's State Oil Marketing Organization.
The diary contains one entry suggesting Wyatt notified the Iraqi government that the United States would begin bombing Iraq, when the United States would invade Iraq and how many soldiers would be sent, the papers said.
"Such a document is undeniably prejudicial, as a jury sitting during the pendency of the ongoing Iraq war would potentially be prejudiced against Wyatt upon learning that he allegedly gave information about the United States invasion to Iraqi officials," the papers said.
The document also claims Wyatt convinced Democratic Sen. Edward Kennedy to deliver a speech against the war with Iraq, the lawyers wrote.
Wyatt, the founder and former chairman of Coastal Corp., has pleaded not guilty and is scheduled to go to trial in early September.