Roy Pearson and Pants: He Loses His Job

By October 31, 2007Briefly Legal

From The Washington Post:

Roy L. Pearson Jr., the administrative law judge who lost his $54 million lawsuit against a Northeast Washington dry cleaner, lost his job yesterday and was ordered to vacate his office, sources said.

Pearson, 57, who had served as a judge for two years, was up for a 10-year term at the Office of Administrative Hearings, but a judicial committee last week voted against reappointing him.
The panel had a seven-page letter hand-delivered to Pearson about 3:30 p.m., directing him to leave his office by 5 p.m. Pearson’s term ended in May, at the height of his battle with the dry cleaners. Since then, he has remained on the payroll, making $100,000 a year as an attorney adviser.

Pearson had no business being appointed to a judicial position in the first place, and it took an astonishingly long time to get rid of him. Such, unfortunately, are the swamps of D.C. government and politics. But at least this abuser of individuals and the legal system will no longer hold a position of authority.

Does nothing for the Chungs, though, the family whose drycleaning operations Pearson sued over a pair of apparently misplaced pants. They’ve been forced to close two of their three outlets.

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