Top 5: ‘Now I’m just numb’

The family of an inmate who was killed aboard a prison bus was awarded $18.5 million and a Baltimore police detective is being sued by the family of a man he shot in 2009. Those stories and more in this week's legal affairs top 5. 1. O’Malley gets nominees for Court of Special Appeals - by Steve Lash The Appellate Judicial Nominating Commission on Wednesday sent Gov. Martin O’Malley the names of five candidates for the Court of Special Appeals vacancy created in January, when Judge Ellen L. Hollander joined the U.S. District Court in Baltimore. The nominees are: * Andrew H. Baida, a partner at Rosenberg|Martin|Greenberg LLP in Baltimore. Baida teaches appellate advocacy at the state’s two law schools and writes a column, “The Art of Appellate Advocacy,” for The Daily Record. 2. Provision immunizing landlords from lead-paint liability unconstitutional - by Steve Lash In a victory for lead-poisoning victims, Maryland’s top court Monday unanimously struck down as unconstitutional a statutory provision that immunized landlords from liability if they registered their property with the state environmental agency and offered payments of $17,000 to children at risk of lead poisoning. The Court of Appeals, in its 7-0 decision, called the immunity provision and $17,000 offer “totally inadequate and unreasonable” to remedy the harm done to children permanently brain damaged due to their ingestion of lead-based paint in a rental property.