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Legal agenda and live webcasts ~ Monday, December 6

[JURIST] Here's a run-down of law-related events, expected developments and live webcasts on JURIST's docket for Monday, December 6.

The US Supreme Court will hear 10 AM ET oral arguments in Wilkinson v. Dotson (case summary from Duke Law School), where the court will decide whether a prisoner can bring a §1983 claim that his parole proceedings violate due process, even though success on the merits would result only in a new parole hearing and not necessarily guarantee earlier release from prison. The court will also ask if a federal court judgment ordering a new parole hearing does "necessarily imply the invalidity of" the decision at the previous parole hearing. The ABA provides merit briefs in the case. The Court will also hear arguments in Miller-El v. Dretke (case summary from Duke Law School), a case where the Supreme Court had previously ordered the Fifth Circuit to determine whether Miller-El can show clear and convincing evidence that a Texas court's finding of an absence of purposeful discrimination in the prosecutor's use of peremptory challenges was unreasonable. On remand, the Fifth Circuit affirmed a lower court decision denying habeas relief to Miller-El, and the Supreme Court will now decide whether the Fifth Circuit so contravened the Supreme Court's earlier decision that an exercise of the Court's supervisory powers is required. The ABA provides merit briefs in the case.

On Capitol Hill, the US House will meet at 2 PM ET. Watch a live webcast (via C-SPAN). The US Senate will reconvene on Tuesday, December 7 at 9:30 AM.

The Family Steering Committee for the 9/11 Commission will hold a 10:30 AM news conference on the intelligence reform bill with US Representatives Christopher Shays and Carolyn Maloney. Watch a live webcast (via C-SPAN).... US Ambassador to the UN John Danforth will give a speech on Sudan, the United States and the United Nations. Watch a live webcast beginning at 12 PM ET (via C-SPAN).

The trial of Slobodan Milosevic continues Monday at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia. Watch a webcast of the trial beginning at 9:30 AM local time (3:30 AM ET); the webcast is on a 30-minute tape delay. The ICTY has background on the case.... Also Monday, the trial of Fatmir Limaj and his co-defendants continues at the ICTY. Watch a webcast beginning at 2:45 PM local time (8:45 AM ET); the webcast is on a 30-minute tape delay. The ICTY has case information.

The Wilson Center will host a panel presentation with three Iraqi Ministers on Iraq Before the January 2005 Elections. Watch a live webcast beginning at 1:30 PM ET.

The 12th Ministerial Council meeting of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe begins Monday in Sofia.... The annual meeting of states party to the Biological Weapons Convention begins Monday in Geneva.... The 10th Session of the Conference of Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change begins Monday in Buenos Aires. Read background on the session and more from AFP.

This will be the last daily docket for 2004 as the University of Pittsburgh School of Law enters its exam period and semester break. Regular docket posts will resume in early January.

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