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Legal agenda and live webcasts ~ Wednesday, October 13

[JURIST] Here's a run-down of law-related events, expected developments and live webcasts on JURIST's docket for Wednesday, October 13.

The US Supreme Court will hear 10 AM ET oral arguments in Roper v. Simmons (case summary from Duke Law School), where the Court will consider whether the death penalty for someone who commits murder as a juvenile at age seventeen is "cruel and unusual" and thus barred by the Eighth and Fourteenth Amendments and whether, after the Supreme Court has held that a punishment is "cruel and unusual," a lower court can reach a contrary decision based on an analysis of evolving standards. The ABA provides merit briefs filed in the case. Cornell's Legal Information Institute has additional background and the Washington Post has more.... The Court will also hear arguments today in the consolidated cases of Clark v. Martinez and Benitez v. Rozos (case summary from Duke Law School), where it will decide whether its 2001 decision in Zadvyas v. Davis compels the release of an arriving alien who was apprehended at the border of the US, denied admission and ordered removed from the US. The ABA provides merit briefs filed in the case. Cornell's Legal Information Institute has additional background.

Florida's Supreme Court will hear 9 AM ET oral arguments in a case challenging limitations on the use of provisional ballots. Watch a live webcast of the arguments. The court has case briefs and JURIST's Paper Chase has background.... Louisiana's 1st Circuit Court of Appeal will hear 10 AM ET oral arguments on the state's constitutional amendment defining marriage as only between a man and a woman and banning same-sex marriage and other civil unions. Paper Chase has background and the New Orleans Times-Picayune has more.

The Securities and Exchange Commission will meet at 10 AM ET to discuss amendments to Regulation M (the anti-manipulation rule concerning securities offerings). The proposed amendments would prohibit the acceptance of additional consideration beyond what is stated in the offering document in connection with a securities offering, extend the restricted period for IPOs, enhance the transparency of syndicate covering activity, adjust certain dollar value thresholds for inflation, and institute a recordkeeping requirement with respect to the de minimis exception. Read the meeting agenda and listen to a live webcast.

At the United Nations, the General Assembly will meet at 11 AM ET to resume discussion on the Security Council's report on the question of equitable representation on and increase in the membership of the Security Council. The discussion will continue into the General Assembly's 3 PM ET session. Watch a live webcast of both sessions.

At the Hague, the Asser Institute will hold a colloquium entitled The EU Constitution: The Best Way Forward? Read the colloquium's agenda [PDF].

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