Special plate in time for Christmas

HAUPPAUGE, N.Y. (AP) - December 24, 2008

Retired NYPD officer Arno Herwerth said Tuesday that he ordered the vanity plates in 2007 as a reminder that Sept. 11 mastermind Osama bin Laden remains at large.

The plates were delivered, but the state Department of Motor Vehicles quickly ordered them returned, saying the plates could be considered objectionable.

The Long Island resident filed a federal complaint, and the DMV relented in February.

Herwerth initially rejected the offer because the DMV wouldn't pay attorney's fees, but he eventually decided to settle the case.

He says the DMV is overnighting his registration so he can put the plates on for Christmas.

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