Roy Pearson, Jr., the creepy Washington, DC administrative law judge who sued a dry cleaner for $54 million, has lost his job. You'll recall that Pearson sued a mom and pop drycleaner over a lost pair of pants. For $54 million. Best of all, the board who decides these things threw him out of his office with an hour and a half notice.
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.
A source familiar with the committee's meetings said Pearson's lawsuit played little role in the decision not to reappoint him.
Instead, the committee said it had reviewed Pearson's judicial decisions and audiotapes of proceedings over which he had presided and found he did not demonstrate "appropriate judgment and judicial temperament," according a source who spoke on condition of anonymity because of the sensitive nature of the case.
Sources said Pearson also was criticized for displaying a "combative" nature with supervisors and colleagues and for failing to comply with policies in drafting opinions.
I rather suspect that the lack of "appropriate judgment and judicial temperament," thing is adequately demonstrated by a $54 million dollar lawsuit over a pair of pants. That lawsuit pretty well ruined the folks who ran the drycleaners. They had to close the shop as a result.