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Legal news from Wednesday, April 06, 2005

  • Chilean court upholds Pinochet asset freeze
  • US law firms see increasing profits
  • Italy ratifies European constitution
  • Senate votes to reduce US funding for UN peacekeeping
  • Judical Conference urges more security protections for judges
  • EPA nominee faces tough Senate confirmation hearing
  • Former Yahoo CEO not liable for French Nazi auctions
  • ICTY delays plea of Serbian general facing war crimes charges
  • Corporations and securities brief ~ SEC passes controversial stock rule change
  • White supremacist sentenced for soliciting murder of federal judge
  • Hong Kong asks China for ruling on term length issue
  • German court acquits terror suspect of plot to bomb US targets
  • Conclave electing papal successor to begin April 18
  • S. Korea rights commission recommends abolishing death penalty
  • Opposition claims proof of election fraud in Zimbabwe
  • FL bill allows citizens to use guns in self-defense at home or in public
  • FCC chair calls for more self-regulation of indecency on cable TV
  • Kyrgyz high court annuls guilty verdict against opposition leader
  • Connecticut to challenge constitutionality of No Child Left Behind Act
  • Kansans vote to add same-sex marriage ban to state constitution
  • UPDATE ~ Talabani elected new interim Iraqi president
  • Legal agenda and live webcasts ~ Wednesday, April 6


  • Wednesday, April 06, 2005

    Chilean court upholds Pinochet asset freeze
    Christina Gheen at 9:10 PM ET

    [JURIST] A Chilean appeals court Wednesday upheld a $5 million asset freeze of former president Augusto Pinochet [JURIST news archive]. A bid by Pinochet's lawyers to have the judge, Sergio Munoz, removed because of bias was also rejected. Pinochet is currently being investigated for tax evasion and misappropriation of public funds after a 2004 US Senate report [PDF] exposed secret accounts worth up to $15 million [JURIST report]. Reuters has more.



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    US law firms see increasing profits
    Christina Gheen at 8:50 PM ET

    [JURIST] According to a rankings released Wednesday, the top 50 US law firms achieved double-digit growth in turnover and profits in 2004. The rankings, performed by Legal Week magazine [media website], show that these firms have pulled in $33 billion in fees with average partner profits topping $1.2 million. The Legal Week report showed that the best-performing US firms were ones located in New York, while firms in the San Francisco area performed weakest. The increase in profits in US firms starkly contrast with the 2004 record UK-based firms which have needed to embark on cost cutting programs due to stagnant growth. The Financial Times has more.



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    Italy ratifies European constitution
    Christina Gheen at 8:36 PM ET

    [JURIST] Italy on Wednesday became the first major European Union nation to ratify the proposed European constitution [JURIST news archive] when the Italian Senate [offical website in Italian] overwhelmingly approved it by a vote of 217-16. Italy's lower house of parliament, the Chamber of Deputies [official website in Italian], had previously approved the Treaty Establishing a Constitution for Europe [official website in English] in January. Italy joins Lithuania, Hungary, and Slovenia as early parliamentary ratifiers of the pact designed to prevent legislative grid-lock and streamline decisionmaking as the EU expands. All EU member states must ratify the Constitution if it is to become law; major hurdles still lie ahead, with an apparently-split France voting on the agreement in a May referendum, and polls showing that Britons would vote against the accord in a UK referendum likely later this year. AFP has more.



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    Senate votes to reduce US funding for UN peacekeeping
    Christina Gheen at 8:09 PM ET

    [JURIST] The US Senate voted Wednesday to cut the current US share of funding UN peacekeeping forces, rejecting a Democratic proposal to maintain current funding for the next two years 40-57 [Senate roll call]. The amendment to a Department of State appropriations bill would reduce the US share to 25%, down from 27.1%. Supporters argue that the decrease in funding would boost US negotiating power in the current UN reform process. A funding cut would still have to be approved by the House and then negotiated between the United Nations and the US mission to the UN [official website]. The Senate is meanwhile slated to hold confirmation hearings next week on the controversial nomination [advocacy website] of former State Department official and harsh UN critic John Bolton as UN ambassador; the Bolton hearings were slated for Thursday but were postponed because of Congressional travel for the Pope John Paul II's funeral in Rome Friday. Reuters has more.



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    Judical Conference urges more security protections for judges
    Christina Gheen at 7:31 PM ET

    [JURIST] In a letter released Wednesday, the Judicial Conference of the United States formally requested congressional and presidential assistance in providing additional security measures. As a result of violence toward federal judges and their families in recent months and the emotional Terri Schiavo case [JURIST news archive] which bred threats against members of the bench, the letter [PDF] stated that many federal judges are feeling particularly vulnerable. The letter requested funding for in-home security systems and additional US Marshals, who provide courtroom security and protection services for federal judges. AP has more. JURIST's Paper Chase has previous reports on the February murder of a federal judge's family and the March courtroom shootings in Atlanta; earlier Wednesday, a white supremacist was sentenced to 40 years [JURIST report] for soliciting the killing of the same federal judge whose family were the victims of the February murder.



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    EPA nominee faces tough Senate confirmation hearing
    Jeannie Shawl at 4:32 PM ET

    Stephen Johnson
    [JURIST] Stephen Johnson [EPA profile], President Bush's pick to head the Environmental Protection Agency [official website], faced some tough questioning Wednesday at his confirmation hearing before the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee [official website]. Johnson, a 24-year veteran of the EPA and currently its Acting Administrator, took criticism from several Democratic committee members of the committee over several administrations policies, including regulations governing mercury emissions from power plants and Cheers [EPA study website], a suspended research study that offered money to families willing to allow the EPA to measure the effects of pesticides on their infants. California Democrat Barbara Boxer threatened to vote against Johnson's nomination if the Cheers program wasn't cancelled permanently. Johnson did not have the opportunity to fully address the committee's criticisms before the hearing was recessed. Watch recorded video of Wednesday's EPW committee meeting. The New York Times has more.



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    Former Yahoo CEO not liable for French Nazi auctions
    Jeannie Shawl at 3:33 PM ET

    [JURIST] A French appeals court Wednesday upheld a lower court decision absolving former Yahoo! [corporate website] CEO Tim Koogle of criminal responsibility for auctions of Nazi paraphernalia held through Yahoo's website. Yahoo was found liable in 2000 for allowing Nazi collectibles to be sold on its auction pages in violation of a French law barring the display or sale of racist materials. Koogle subsequently faced criminal charges [AFP report] for "justifying a crime against humanity" and the "exhibition of a uniform, insignia or emblem of a person guilty of crimes against humanity." Koogle was acquitted in 2003 and that decision was upheld Wednesday. The French litigation over the auctions has prompted Yahoo to seek protection against international liability [JURIST report] from US courts. Late last month, Yahoo asked the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals to prevent the collection of the fine imposed in the 2000 decision, which now totals over $15 million. AP has more. From France, Liberation has local coverage.



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    ICTY delays plea of Serbian general facing war crimes charges
    Jeannie Shawl at 2:50 PM ET

    [JURIST] The International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia agreed Wednesday to allow Serbian General Sreten Lukic [ICTY case backgrounder] 30 days to enter his plea on war crimes charges so that he can undergo a medical exam following heart surgery last week. Lukic arrived at ICTY Monday [JURIST report] to face charges of crimes against humanity and violations of the laws or customs of war. Lukic has been indicted with three other Serbian generals [ICTY indictment] for their role in the murder of over 12,000 Kosovo Albanians in 1999. VOA has more.



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    Corporations and securities brief ~ SEC passes controversial stock rule change
    Amit Patel at 2:27 PM ET

    [JURIST] Leading Wednesday's corporations and securities law news, the SEC [official website] has approved the extenstion of the "trade-through" rule to electronic exchanges which will subject the vast majority of stock transactions to guidelines designed to give investors the best stock price. Chairman William Donaldson [official biography] cast the deciding vote in a rule widely opposed by companies including Nasdaq [official website] and discount brokers Charles Schwab Corp. [corporate website] and Fidelity Investments [corporate website]. The concern is that the measure will make buying large blocks of stock at a certain price difficult. The rule will be tested by a small group of stocks starting April 10, 2006, with all trading centers being required to comply on June 12, 2006. The SEC has a webcast of the meeting. Read the proposed regulation NMS [PDF]. The Street.com has more.

    In other news...
    • The US textile and clothing industry are asking the government to re-impose quotas on 14 categories of clothing to protect American manufacturers. Officials believe the industry will be decimated if China is allowed to continue the current heavy flow of products into the country which began on January 1, 2005. When China was allowed into the WTO [official website], the US had an agreement where it could limit textile imports from China throught 2008. The American Manufacturing Trade Action Coalition [advocacy website] has more on the subject. AP has more.

    • Goldman Sachs Group Inc. [corporate website] said in an SEC filing, that it has settled two disputes related to over the counter derivatives with Enron Corp [corporate website; JURIST Hot Topic news archive]. The defunct energy giant wanted to recover $45 million and other damages due to the early termination in 2001 of a trading agreement with Goldman. Terms of the settlement were not disclosed. AP has more.

    • Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan [official biography] told the Senate Banking Committee [official website] in a prepared statement [text] that Congress should impose restrictions on the size of the portfolios held by mortgage giants Fannie Mae [corporate website] and Freddie Mac [corporate website]. Greenspan said the creation of a strong regulator would not be enough. The prospect of new legislation related to the mortgage giants appears strong in the wake of the accounting scandals at the two firms. Watch video of Greenspan's testimony. AP has more.

    • The Wall Street Journal is reporting [subscription req'd] Cablevision Systems Corp. [corporate website] has made a $16.5 billion all-cash offer for the assets of Adelphia Communications Corp [corporate website]. The Cablevision bid still faces a rival joint bid by Comcast Corp. [corporate website] and Time Warner Inc. [corporate website] which is valued at $17.6 billion in cash and stock. AP has more.

    • The board of MCI Inc. [corporate website] has rejected an $8.9 billion takeover bid by Qwest Communications [corporate website]. The move allows its $7.5 billion deal with Verizon Communications Inc. [corporate website] to go forward. The board reiterated worries about the value of Qwest shares and whether Qwest can meet its forecast for cost savings with the merger. However, MCI did indicate it is open to further discussions with Qwest. Read the MCI press release. AP has more.

    • Pulitzer Inc. [corporate website] announced in a SEC filing that the agency wants to review the company's preliminary proxy materials which are part of its plans to be acquired by fellow newspaper publisher Lee Enterprises Inc [corporate website]. Pulitzer shareholder still need to approve the $1.46 billion deal [Pulitzer press release]. AP has more.

    • The Wall Street Journal is reporting [subscription req'd] federal regulators investigating bond insurer MBIA [corporate website] have expanded their probe to determine if the company had a second secret agreement with reinsurers. The investigation centers on an alleged agreement in which MBIA had an agreement with reinsurer Channel Re to protect the firm from losses resulting from claims it transferred to it. CBSMarketWatch has more.

    • The US Army [official website] announced a settlement with Kellogg Brown & Root (KBR) [corporate website], a subsidiary of Halliburton Corp., where it will pay $1.18 billion for dining services in Iraq and Kuwait thereby resolving a payment dispute that has been in contention since December 2003. The Army will retain $55 million out of about $200 million in payments to KBR that had been suspended due to the dispute. Read the KBR press release. AP has more.
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    White supremacist sentenced for soliciting murder of federal judge
    Jeannie Shawl at 2:11 PM ET

    [JURIST] US District Judge James Moody sentenced white supremacist Matthew Hale to 40 years in prison for soliciting an undercover FBI informant to murder US District Judge Joan Humphrey Lefkow [official profile]. In an earlier, trademark infringement suit, Lefkow had ordered Hale's group to stop using the name World Church of the Creator, which was already taken by another unrelated religious group. Lefkow's husband and mother were murdered [JURIST report] in February, but a Wisconsin man unconnected to Hale or his followers confessed to the murders in a suicide note. During his sentencing, Hale told the court that he was a victim, but in delivering the sentence, Judge Moody said "Mr. Hale is not concerned about taking someone's life, but rather how to do it without getting caught. I consider Mr. Hale to be extremely dangerous and the offense for which he was convicted to be extremely egregious." AP has more.



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    Hong Kong asks China for ruling on term length issue
    Jeannie Shawl at 1:47 PM ET

    [JURIST] Hong Kong's Acting Chief Executive Donald Tsang [official bio; BBC profile] said Wednesday that it is "accurate and necessary" to ask China's National People's Congress [backgrounder, in English] to interpret Hong Kong's Basic Law [text] in order to settle a constitutional dispute over the term length of Hong Kong's next chief executive. After Tung Chee-hwa resigned as chief executive [JURIST report] last month, Beijing decided that the winner of July's election will only serve two years, the remainder of Tung's term. The Basic Law, Hong Kong's constitution, stipulates that the standard term of office for chief executive is five years. Tsang is expected to win the election and it is suspected that the shortened term is meant to provide Beijing the opportunity to test Tsang's loyalties. Members of Hong Kong's Democratic Party are saying that asking Beijing to reinterpret the Basic Law "will seriously damage Hong Kong's rule of law." Unsurprisingly, legal experts from mainland China take the opposite view, saying that "Interpretations by the NPC is a new part of... Hong Kong's legal system" and that the request does not constitute interference with the city's affairs. Watch recorded video (dubbed in English) of Tsang's press conference on the decision to ask for a NPC interpretation [transcript excerpt in English; Chinese statement]. Reuters has more.



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    German court acquits terror suspect of plot to bomb US targets
    Jeannie Shawl at 12:49 PM ET

    [JURIST] A German court Wednesday found Tunisian national Ihsan Garnaoui not guilty of charges of founding a terrorist organization and planning bomb attacks against American and Jewish targets in Germany. Garnaoui went on trial last May [BBC report] on allegations that he trained at an al-Qaeda camp in Afghanistan and was returned to Germany with instructions to bomb American and Jewish targets. Despite being acquitted on the terrorism charges, Garnaoui was found guilty and sentenced to almost four years in prison on charges of violating laws on possession of weapons, forgery, tax evasion and entering Germany illegally. The prosecutor relied in part on evidence submitted by unidentified police informants, but the Berlin court expressed doubt about the reliability of the evidence, saying it was contradictory and based on hearsay. Bloomberg has more. Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung has local coverage in German.



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    Conclave electing papal successor to begin April 18
    Jeannie Shawl at 12:21 PM ET

    [JURIST] The Vatican announced Wednesday that the College of Cardinals [Vatican backgrounder] has set April 18 as the beginning of its secret conclave to elect a successor to Pope John Paul II, who died Saturday [JURIST report]. The conclave will begin that afternoon, and according to the governing apostolic constitution on papal succession [text], one ballot will be held during its first day. During Wednesday's pre-conclave meeting, the cardinals also read John Paul's spiritual testament. It was thought that the document would reveal the identity of an unidentified cardinal named in 2003 "in pectore," a process that is used when a pope wants to appoint a cardinal in a country where the church is oppressed. However, no name was disclosed and so that individual will not join the ranks of the 117 cardinal members of the College eligible to vote [Vatican list of electors, with profiles] for the next pope. Cardinals over 80 [Vatican list, with profiles] are ineligible. Of the 117 electors, 114 were appointed by John Paul II. The Vatican has a press release (in Italian) on the conclave date. AP has more.



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    S. Korea rights commission recommends abolishing death penalty
    D. Wes Rist at 10:36 AM ET

    [JURIST] The National Human Rights Commission [official website] of South Korea issued a non-binding recommendation Wednesday that the country's death penalty be abolished. Eight of the nine officials on the Commission approved the resolution, which will be forwarded to the National Assembly [government website]. The Legislation & Judiciary Committee [government website in Korean] of the National Assembly is currently considering an abolition bill that has the support of over 175 ruling and opposition party members. Chosun Ilbo has local coverage.



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    Opposition claims proof of election fraud in Zimbabwe
    D. Wes Rist at 10:19 AM ET

    [JURIST] Morgan Tsvangirai [party profile], president of the Zimbabwean opposition party Movement for Democratic Change [official website], announced Wednesday that the MDC had proof of "serious and unaccountable gaps" between the totals of reported votes and tallied votes in one quarter of the 120 open seats at stake in last week's Zimbabwe parliamentary elections. MDC officials said that several precincts were missing thousands of votes, while others had several thousand more votes than registered voters. The MDC submitted the evidence to independent observers from South Africa and to observers from the South African Development Community [official website], both of which have already declared their opinion that the elections were free and fair. Zimbabwe has faced intense international pressure about its voting process; both the EU and the US called the elections flawed even before voting began, and UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan Monday questioned their fairness [JURIST report] after the fact. JURIST's Paper Chase has continuing coverage of Zimbabwe [JURIST news archive]. Zim Online has local coverage.



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    FL bill allows citizens to use guns in self-defense at home or in public
    D. Wes Rist at 9:57 AM ET

    [JURIST] The Florida Legislature [government website] passed a new bill through both houses Tuesday giving citizens the right to use firearms to defend themselves at home or in public places if they "reasonably believe[] it is necessary to do so, to prevent death or great bodily harm" to themselves or others. The stated intent of the bill, strongly supported by the NRA [action alert on earlier version of bill], is to render statutory the supposed common law "castle doctrine" allowing a resident to use deadly force in defending their home, and to expand it to include any place where an individual "has a right to be." The bill also prohibits civil suits against individuals who meet the requirements of being attacked and using a firearm to defend themselves. One of the most controversial provisions of the legislation is its intentional abandonment of the traditional requirement to make every attempt to avoid danger before using deadly force. While not applicable in the home, individuals currently have a legal "duty to retreat" if attacked in public before using deadly force. Critics have assailed the bill as authorizing "wild west" behavior. Read the official text of Bill SB 436. Florida governor Jeb Bush is expected to sign the bill into law shortly. The St. Petersburg Times has local coverage.



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    FCC chair calls for more self-regulation of indecency on cable TV
    D. Wes Rist at 9:34 AM ET

    [JURIST] Kevin Martin [official profile], the new chairman of the Federal Communications Commission [official website], called on members of the cable TV industry Tuesday to find ways to help parents regulate indecent content. Martin spoke at the National Cable & Telecommunications Association [official website] annual meeting, advocating for increased involvement of the cable TV industry in allowing parents to keep indecent content from their children. Martin offered the possibilities of improved technology or tiered cable subscriptions with "family-friendly" channels. Industry representatives have been pushing for continued self-regulation and limited restrictions, hoping to keep Congress from passing tougher regulatory laws on decency. Some cable TV executives have, however, expressed concern that a tiered package plan would be unconstitutional because it might violate freedom of speech rights. Visit the FCC Obscenity and Indecency site. Newsday has more.



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    Kyrgyz high court annuls guilty verdict against opposition leader
    D. Wes Rist at 9:15 AM ET

    [JURIST] The Kyrgyz Supreme Court Wednesday annuled a 2001 guilty verdict for criminal abuse of power against Felix Kulov [party profile], the leader of the Ar-Namys [party website] opposition group who was freed from prison during the March 24 protests in Kyrgyzstan [DC Embassy website] which prompted the flight and resignation of President Askar Akayev. Kulov will appear before the Supreme Court again later Wednesday to challenge another guilty conviction for embezzlement which he claims was politically-motivated. Under the Kyrgyz constitution, both convictions have to be overturned to allow Kulov a chance to run as a presidential candidate in the scheduled June elections. JURIST's Paper Chase has continuing coverage of Kyrgyzstan [JURIST news archive]. Reuters has more.



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    Connecticut to challenge constitutionality of No Child Left Behind Act
    Jeannie Shawl at 8:15 AM ET

    [JURIST] Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal [official profile] announced Tuesday that his office is preparing the first state-sponsored federal lawsuit [CT AG press release] against the US Department of Education [official website] for imposing millions of dollars worth of illegal unfunded mandates under the No Child Left Behind Act [PDF text; executive summary; US Dept. Ed. fact sheet]. In order to comply with NCLB testing mandates, Connecticut will be required to spend $8 million above what federal funding provides. Blumenthal contends that this forced spending violates the Unfunded Mandates Provision of the NCLB, 20 USC Sec. 7907(a), and the spending clause in the US Constitution. A Department of Education statement criticized the announcement, saying "The basis for the state's lawsuit appears to rest on a flawed cost study of the No Child Left Behind Act that creates inflated projections built upon questionable estimates and misallocation of costs." AP has more. Earlier this year, the National Conference of State Legislatures issued a statement [PDF text] joined by all 50 state legislatures attacking the constitutionality [JURIST report] of NCLB. The state legislatures said that the education program unconstitutionally extends federal power in an area traditionally left up to state control and accused the government of coercing states into compliance.



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    Kansans vote to add same-sex marriage ban to state constitution
    Jeannie Shawl at 7:59 AM ET

    [JURIST] Voters in Kansas overwhelmingly approved a state constitutional amendment [text; JURIST report] Tuesday that will ban same-sex couples from marrying or entering into civil unions. Kansas law already prohibits same-sex marriage, but supporters of the constitutional amendment have said the ban must be included in the Kansas Constitution [text] in order to insulate it from legal challenge. Over 70% of Kansas voters approved the amendment, despite arguments that it could have unexpected consequences, including preventing employers from offering health benefits to employee's partners. Opponents of the amendment said that the vote is "merely the beginning of the fight for fairness in this state," and that they will challenge the amendment in the courts. In other state action in this area, the Connecticut Senate is scheduled to vote Wednesday on a bill that would allow same-sex couples to enter into civil unions. AP has more. Wednesday's Wichita Eagle has local coverage of the Kansas vote.



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    UPDATE ~ Talabani elected new interim Iraqi president
    Jeannie Shawl at 7:39 AM ET

    Jalal Talabani - AP
    [JURIST] As expected [JURIST report], Kurdish leader Jalal Talabani [BBC profile] was elected by the 275-member Iraqi National Assembly [Wikipedia article] Wednesday to serve as president of Iraq's transitional government. In the same vote, Shiite Adel Abdul-Mahdi and Sunni current interim President Ghazi al-Yawer were chosen as vice presidents. Talabani and his vice presidents received 227 votes, with thirty ballots left blank. After Talabani's swearing-in ceremony Thursday, the National Assembly will begin work on Iraq's new constitution. Iraq's parliament is currently scheduled to have a first draft of a constitution prepared by August 15. AP has more.



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    Legal agenda and live webcasts ~ Wednesday, April 6
    Chris Buell at 12:01 AM ET

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

    The US Senate [official website] convenes at Noon ET today. Watch a live webcast of proceedings. The Senate Environment and Public Works Committee [official website] is holding a hearing to consider several Environmental Protection Agency nominations, including Stephen L. Johnson [official profile] as EPA administrator. Watch a live webcast of the hearing.

    The US House [official website] meets at 10 AM ET today. Watch a live webcast of the session. Also during today's session, Ukrainian President Viktor Yushchenko [official website in English] will address legislators at 10:45 AM ET. The House Judiciary Committee [official website] is holding a hearing to review the USA PATRIOT Act [PDF text] and its reauthorization at 1 PM ET today. Watch a live webcast of the hearing. The Courts, Internet, and Intellectual Property Subcommittee is holding a hearing at 10 AM ET today on the interoperability and availability of digital music. Watch a live webcast of proceedings.

    The Securities and Exchange Commission [official website] is holding an open meeting at 10 AM ET today. View the agenda, and watch a live webcast of the meeting.

    The Heritage Foundation [advocacy website] is holding a forum titled "Scalia Dissents: Writings of the Supreme Court's Wittiest, Most Outspoken Justice," at Noon ET today. Watch a live webcast of the event.

    The UN General Assembly [official website] convenes at 10 AM ET today, when it will consider a report by Secretary-General Kofi Annan following up on the Millenium Summit [official website]. Watch a live webcast of the session.

    At the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia, the trial of Slobodan Milosevic [ICTY case backgrounder] continues today at 9:30 AM local time [3:30 AM ET]. Also today, the trial of Fatmir Limaj and others [ICTY case backgrounder] continues today at 2:45 PM local time [8:45 AM ET]. Watch a webcast of proceedings.



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