Plates: U.S. District Judge James Fox ruled that North Carolina must offer drivers an array of license plates with alternate viewpoints if it wants to issue "Choose Life" plates, saying it was “viewpoint discrimination in violation of the First Amendment,” the Raleigh News & Observer reports.
Execution: A former Florida police officer who said he was doing the world a favor by killing nine people, most of whom were involved with illegal drugs, is scheduled to be executed today for the 1986 slayings, Fox News reports. U.S. District Judge Timothy Corrigan denied 56-year-old Manuel Pardo's request for a stay on Monday.
Parody: U.S. District Judge Philip Gutierrez has temporarily barred the release of Global Asylum Inc.'s parody of the J.R.R. Tolkien story "The Hobbit," a "mockbuster" called "Age of Hobbits," Variety reports. The project was likely to cause confusion in the marketplace, Gutierrez ruled.
Victory: Former U.S. district judge Oliver Wanger won his first case since leaving the bench in California, successfully defending Paramount Farms in an alleged "water-for-pistachios deal," The Fresno Bee reports.
Fishing: Attorneys for James Holmes, the suspect in the Aurora theater shooting that killed 12 and injured dozens, plan to subpoena a Fox News reporter to discover the identity of the "law enforcement source" who leaked information to the national news outlet, The Denver Post reports.