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Legal agenda and live webcasts ~ Monday, March 28

[JURIST] Here's a run-down of law-related events, expected developments and live webcasts on JURIST's docket for Monday, March 28.

The US Supreme Court [official website] will hear oral arguments in two cases beginning at 10 AM ET today. In San Remo Hotel v. San Francisco [case backgrounder from Duke Law School], 04-340, the Court will consider [BCN report] whether a takings claim under the Fifth Amendment is precluded by a prior judgment in a state takings claim that was required to ripen the federal claim. The ABA has merit briefs filed in the case. In Medellin v. Dretke [case backgrounder from Duke Law School], 04-5928, the Court will decide whether its recent decisions on the Optional Protocol of the Vienna Convention on Consular Relations should be given effect despite the fact they conflict with earlier precedents. The ABA has merit briefs in the case.

The US Senate and US House [official websites] are in recess until April 4.

The US State Department [official website] will hold a press conference on the release of the report "Supporting Human Rights and Democracy: The US Record 2004-2005," with Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice. Watch a live webcast of the session via C-SPAN 2 beginning at 10 AM ET.

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