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Legal agenda and live webcasts ~ Wednesday, October 6

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

On Capitol Hill, the US Senate will meet at 9:30 AM ET and will resume consideration of the Intelligence Reform Bill (S 2845). Watch a live webcast (via C-SPAN). A vote on the bill could come today. VOA News has more.... The US House will meet at 10 AM ET for legislative business and will discuss several bills, including the Justice for All Act of 2004 (HR 5107). A complete list is available here. Watch a live webcast (via C-SPAN).... The US House Judiciary Committee Subcommittee on the Constitution will hold a 9:30 AM et hearing on the Presidential Succession Act (HR 2749). Watch a live webcast.... The US House Budget Committee will hold a 10 AM ET hearing on revising the US tax code. Watch a live webcast or listen to live audio.... The US House Financial Services Committee Subcommittee on Capital Markets, Insurance and Government-Sponsored Enterprises will hold a 10 AM ET hearing on allegations of accounting and management failure at Fannie Mae. Watch a live webcast.

Charles Duelfer, chief US weapons inspector in Iraq, is expected to release his final report today, which is said to conclude that Saddam Hussein posed a diminishing threat at the time the United States invaded and did not possess, or have concrete plans to develop, nuclear, chemical or biological weapons. The Washington Post has more.

Canada's Supreme Court will begin three days of hearings today on whether the federal government's plan to legally recognize same-sex marriage conforms with the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. CBC News has in-depth coverage of the issue.... The trial of former Bosnian Muslim militia leader Naser Oric begins today at the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia. Oric is charged with "violations of the laws and customs of war," including murder, wanton destruction and plunder. Read Oric's amended indictment.

At the United Nations, the Security Council will convene at 10 AM ET and will hold an open debate on justice and the rule of law: the United Nations role. The Secretary-General will deliver a report on the rule of law and transitional justice in conflict and post-conflict societies. Watch a live webcast.

Also abroad today, the European Commission is scheduled to deliver its report on whether Turkey has met EU criteria for membership talks. BBC News has more.... In Montreal, the 2nd World Congress Against the Death Penalty begins. Read the Conference's schedule of events.... In Paris, the criminal trial of 10 suspected Islamist militants (the so-called Frankfurt group) begins today. The militants are charged in connection with a failed plot to bomb a Strasbourg market in 2000. BBC News has more.

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