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Legal agenda and live webcasts ~ Wednesday, Feb. 23

[JURIST] Here's a run-down of law-related events, expected developments and live webcasts on JURIST's docket for Wednesday, Feb. 23.

The US Supreme Court [official website] is scheduled to hear oral arguments in two cases beginning at 10 AM ET today. In the first case, Orff v. United States [case backgrounder from Duke Law School], 03-1566, the Court will review a circuit split on whether farmers are intended or incidental beneficiaries of irrigation district contracts with the US Bureau of Reclamation. The ABA has merit briefs in the case. The Court will then hear arguments in Exxon Mobil v. Saudi Basic Industries, 03-1696, in which the Court will decide whether the Rooker-Feldman doctrine can be broadly applied to deny federal courts jurisdiction when simultaneous state court proceedings present identical issues. The ABA has merit briefs in the case.

The US Senate and US House [official websites] are in recess this week. Both will resume their sessions on Feb. 28.

The US Election Assistance Commission [official website] is holding a public meeting [agenda, PDF] at 10 AM ET and a public hearing [agenda, PDF] at 1 PM ET today. Watch a live webcast of proceedings.

The European Parliament [official website] continues its plenary session today, with a session beginning at 9 AM local time [3 AM ET]. Read an agenda [text], and watch a live webcast of today's session.

At the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia, the trial of Slobodan Milosevic [ICTY case backgrounder] continues today. Watch a webcast of proceedings beginning at 9:30 AM local time [3:30 AM ET].

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