Former D.C. administrative law judge Roy Pearson Jr. -- one of this city's worst specimen -- has had yet another of his frivolous lawsuits about nothing thrown out. But this one's still nowhere near as frivolous as his other Famous Lawsuit, the one that garnered him international attention for being such an evil, evil man.
Today's latest lawsuit, rejected in a federal court, was filed in May 2008 against the D.C. government after it had refused to reappoint him to a 10-year term on the bench. He claimed the reappointment commission "broke the law" by firing him "for exposing internal problems to the D.C. Council and for filing his lawsuit against Custom Cleaners. Both actions, Pearson said, were protected by the First Amendment."
"Exposing internal problems?" No no, not that! But he's right -- his "temperament" in filing the lawsuit against Custom Cleaners was the major factor in his dismissal. Was this private, protected by the First Amendment and illegal grounds for firing?
Maybe! But maybe there's an exception for Pearson. Let's briefly revisit that famous, first Custom Cleaners lawsuit he filed, and you decide whether he'd embarrassed the city enough during his tenure to merit dismissal:
The case, which drew international attention, began in 2005 when Pearson became a judge and brought several suits for alterations to Custom Cleaners. A pair of pants from one suit was missing when he requested it two days later. A week later, the Chungs said the pants had been found, but Pearson denied that they were his and decided to sue. Pearson's suit, which originally asked for $67 million, was based on a strict interpretation of the city's consumer protection law -- which imposes fines of $1,500 per violation. It also included damages for inconvenience, mental anguish and attorney fees for representing himself.