Given Probation: U.S. District Judge Kenneth Ryskamp scolded a Justice Department trial attorney for the government "not using a little more discretion" in prosecuting a 79-year-old widow, telling the defendant to appeal to the President for a pardon, Bloomberg reports.
The A-Team: A criminal trial of the suspected Boston Marathon bomber would pit "veteran defenders of a veritable rogue's gallery of criminal A-listers" that could make it "one of the most spectacular on American soil in decades," The Atlantic reports.
Return to Hanging Chads: As the chief justice of the Florida Supreme Court during the 2000 presidential election revisits the twists and turns of the 36-day legal standoff between George W. Bush and Al Gore and their respective phalanxes of attorneys in Inside Bush v. Gore, to be published Tuesday by University Press of Florida, Am Law Daily reports.
Bikini Tops v. Pasties: U.S. District Judge Fred Biery has dubbed a dispute over a strip club ordinance as "The Case of The Itsy Bitsy Teeny Weeny Bikini Top versus the (More) Itsy Bitsy Teeny Weeny Pastie," WOAI in Texas reports. The station reports that judge also writes: "To bare or not to bare, that is the question," and he encourages both parties in the case to "navigate the peaks and valleys of litigation, perhaps to reach a happy ending."
Railroad Ties: A three-judge panel the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit will hear a multibillion-dollar antitrust suit against four major U.S. freight rail operators next month, Reuters reports.