Garden State Laws Outdated

Monday, May 07, 2007

Several state laws that have been struck down as unconstitutional are still on the books in New Jersey. Some experts say the situation could be corrected, if the laws were just removed. But others say it's not that easy.

Some of the laws are simply outdated, such as one that limits the amount of money county jails can spend to feed inmates to 50 cents per day. Others have caused much more controversy.

Some high school students have been suspended for refusing to stand during the morning Pledge of Allegiance. The suspensions would appear to be supported by a state law that requires all students "show full respect to the flag'' by standing during the pledge even if they don't recite it. But the law was ruled unconstitutional by a federal appeals court in 1978.

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