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Legal agenda and live webcasts ~ Monday, November 29

[JURIST] Here's a run-down of law-related events, expected developments and live webcasts on JURIST's docket for Monday, November 29.

The US Supreme Court will hear 10 AM ET oral arguments in Ashcroft v. Raich (case summary from Duke Law School), where the Court will decide whether the Controlled Substances Act exceeds Congress' power under the Commerce Clause. The ABA provides merit briefs filed in the case. Knight Ridder has more.... The Court will also hear arguments this morning in Howell v. Mississippi (case summary from Duke Law School), where it will consider whether a state court can refuse to instruct a jury in a death penalty case on lesser offenses recognized in state law. The ABA provides merit briefs in the case. AP has more.

The US House and Senate are in recess. The US House will reconvene on Monday, December 6 at 2 PM. The US Senate will reconvene on Tuesday, December 7 at 9:30 AM.

The New Jersey Supreme Court will hear arguments Monday on whether the state's Charitable Immunity Act prevents a former New Jersey music school student from suing the school over alleged sexual molestation by school staff. AP has more.... In Alabama, a mandatory recount of votes on the state's Amendment 2, a measure to remove unenforced language mandating racial segregation from the state Constitution, will begin Monday. The Amendment was defeated by just 1,850 votes, or .13 percent. AP has more.

The trial of Fatmir Limaj and his co-defendants continues at the International Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia. 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 background on the case.

At the United Nations, the Security Council will meet at 10 AM ET to hear the report of the Secretary-General on the United Nations Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo and the report of the Secretary-General on the United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti. Watch a live webcast. The Security Council will also hold 3 PM ET closed consultations on Burundi.... General Assembly President Jean Ping will hold a 12:30 PM ET press conference on his recent visit to North Korea and the latest developments in the General Assembly. Watch a live webcast.... The General Assembly will meet at 3 PM ET to consider the question of Palestine and the situation in the Middle East. Watch a live webcast.

In Spain, former Prime Minister Jose Maria Aznar is scheduled to testify Monday before the parliamentary commission investigating the Madrid train bombings. Reuters has more.

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