An avowed Christian will get to make his First Amendment case against Oklahoma over its license plate showing a Native American shooting an arrow toward the sky.
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit held that Keith Cressman "has plausibly alleged that he is compelled to speak because the image conveys a religious/ideological message." Cressman argued that using the plate would imply that he embraces beliefs other than his faith in one true God, including that God and nature are one or the existence of other deities.
The court compared Cressman to a Jehovah’s Witness couple that found New Hampshire’s use of the "Live Free or Die" motto on license plates "repugnant." Since the U.S. Supreme Court sided with the couple in the 1977 Wooley v. Maynard ruling, it’s held that "compelled speech protection is not limited to ideological speech," the Tenth Circuit said. — Sheri Qualters
Randy Travis is fighting the release of records of his arrest for allegedly driving while intoxicated, including a video that his lawyer says shows the country singer naked. Travis is nearing the end of a court-ordered rehab program, according to attorney Larry Friedman. Police recorded dashboard video-camera footage of Travis’ August 2012 arrest. — Texas Lawyer
The plot has thickened in a copyright fight between the creator of the comic book character Ghost Rider and his former employer, Marvel Worldwide Inc. Reversing a summary judgment win for Marvel, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit ruled that aging comic book writer Gary Friedrich can go to trial on claims that Marvel infringed his rights to the character. The court held that U.S. District Judge Katherine Forrest erred in finding that Friedrich transferred his copyrights in 1978. For anyone who missed the 2007 film starring Nicolas Cage, Ghost Rider is a "motorcycle-riding superhero with supernatural powers and a flaming skull for a head," as Judge Denny Chin put it in Tuesday’s ruling. — Litigation Daily
THROUGH A GLASS, DARKLY
Google Glass is still in prototype stages, but New Jersey gambling regulators are already convinced it’s a technological marvel — and not in a good way. The Division of Gaming Enforcement has ordered Atlantic City’s casinos to ban the head-mounted computers from their gambling areas. The fear is that they could be used to cheat. And it would be "difficult, if not impossible," to determine whether Glass wearers are filming in casinos, for which state regulations require five days’ advance notice. — New Jersey Law Journal