It certainly seems like this has been a long process:
The defense began its case today in the trial of Saddam Hussein after the former president was formally charged by the judge with crimes against humanity and Mr. Hussein responded by defiantly refusing to enter a plea.***
In Mr. Hussein’s trial, before the defense began calling witnesses, the lead judge in the case, Raouf Abdel-Rahman, called the eight defendants into court one by one to read them the indictment that was being formally lodged against them on the basis of the case presented by the prosecutors over the last seven months. In the Iraqi system, the final charges that defendants face are determined by judges at the trial’s midpoint.
I guess what is important is that regardless the outcome (which, being as jaded as I am, is pretty clear), is that people accept the outome. I am not sure if the length of the trial will help to make people feel more comfortable with the verdict, whatver it may be, but if it does, it is probably worth the wait.