Justiceline: October 26, 2011

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  • Maryland’s highest court struck down a law immunizing many landlords from liability for lead paint in their rental properties.
  • New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie declares war on his state judiciary after a judge ruled that the state constitution does not allow the state legislature to take away part of state judges’ benefits package. The New Jersey Constitution provides that “[t]he Justices of the Supreme Court and the Judges of the Superior Court shall receive for their services such salaries as may be provided by law, which shall not be diminished during the term of their appointment.”
  • A giant statute of a cross in California will remain in place, despite a Ninth Circuit decision saying the cross’ placement violates the First Amendment, until the appeals process regarding this lawsuit is complete.
  • Proposed Freedom of Information Act regulations would allow the federal government to claim that documents do not exist even when they do.
  • And, finally, the Oklahoma Supreme Court held that the so-called “penis pump judge” must forfeit his retirement benefits after he was caught using a masturbatory device during court. We swear that we are not making this up.