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Legal agenda and live webcasts ~ Wednesday, Jan. 19

[JURIST] Here's a run-down of law-related events, expected developments and live webcasts on JURIST's docket for Wednesday, Jan. 19.

The US Supreme Court will hear 10 AM ET oral arguments in City of Ranchos Palos Verdes v. Abrams [case backgrounder from Duke Law School], in which it will resolve a circuit split over whether limits on land-use authority under the federal Communications Act [text, PDF] may be enforced in an action for damages. The ABA has merit briefs from the case. Following that, the Court will hear arguments in Clingman v. Beaver [case backgrounder from Duke Law School], in which it decides whether an Oklahoma elections law restricting those registered with a party, but not those unaffiliated from voting in another party's primary, is a violation of the First Amendment [text]. The ABA has merit briefs filed in the case.

In the Senate, confirmation hearings for Secretary of State nominee Condoleezza Rice continue today before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee [official website] beginning at 9 AM ET. A live webcast is available from the Committee.

Montana Gov. Brian Schweitzer [official website] is scheduled to give his State of the State address.

At the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia, the trial of former President Slobodan Milosevic [ICTY case background] continues today. A webcast of proceedings will begin at 10 AM local time (4 AM ET). Following that, the trial of Fatmir Limaj and others [ICTY case background] will continue. A webcast will begin at 2:45 PM local time (8:45 AM ET).

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