I Never sued my parents - Roy Pearson Case



The Roy Pearson Case in which I have already blogged about in Roy Pearson is an Idiot, Judge Roy L Pearson - Sometimes the Customer is dead wrong, Blacks are more Racist than Whites and Roy L Pearson Update and which I will further comment on below, reminds me of the time years ago when America was not so litigious and in which I did not sue the pants off my parents, although today some lawyer, like Pearson, would have encouraged me to do so. Here's what they did to me.


mom at marine studios
Photo Credit: Bernie
I was 8 years old in the summer of 1953 when my mother warned me not to be late because we were leaving for Florida at 1:30 PM for a two week vacation. My mother was the driver in the family, my father, who was born in 1904 never drove a car, or even tried to (he died in 1985). Although he was handy intellectually, he was not mechanically inclined.

The reason for the warning was that I was perpetually, constantly, annoyingly late for everything and usually because I was always too busy enjoying whatever I was doing for the moment to worry about other people or appointments. And so it was no big surprise that my mother did not bother to wait for me that day. My mother, father and brother took off for Florida without me. In my defense I should mention that I did get there by 2 PM.

So I went into the house made myself a late lunch of 6 pork chops fried on a pan, with a few slices of white bread and a glass of milk. I know, I know, I was breaking a few Kashrut laws all at once: I broke the prohibition of eating meat and milk products simultaneously and worse, the meat wasn't even Kosher. But, my father who was once very religious, lost his faith during World War II, and so never taught me anything, not one thing, about being Jewish until I was 20 and ready to go to Israel to study at the Hebrew University at which time he spent a month teaching me how to read Hebrew. I know what you are thinking, learning to read Hebrew a month before I go to a Hebrew University where all my courses are in Hebrew seems like not enough time. But I digress and How I worked that out is a story for another day.

So for two weeks I was completely alone at home, woke up in the morning, made my own breakfast (which half the time during the school year I made by myself anyway since my mother never woke up before 2 pm, except if she was leaving for the beach) and went out to play and then got home when the sun went down, made a dinner of pork chops and milk (God I loved pork chops and milk) and then would watch westerns on Channel 13 and movies on the Late Show on Channel 2 (which back then was movies, not a hosted talk show) until they stopped broadcasting shortly after 1 or 2 am.

I bought pork chops at the meat market two blocks away every other day, and so it went for two weeks.

When they got back, my mother didn't bother asking me why I was late that day, life just went on as usual. A few weeks later the photos were developed and she showed me pictures of their fun in Florida.

marineland florida
Photo Credit: St Augustine.com
The photo at the top of this post titled "mom at marine studios" is precisely that. Today it is called Marineland, but back in 1938 when it was built, it was the world's first oceanarium, located about 20 miles south of St. Augustine, Florida. Marine Studios was an underwater studio for filming marine life. Interestingly the original Investors included businessman Cornelius Vanderbilt Whitney and Ilya Tolstoy, the grandson of Russian writer Leo Tolstoy.

In the 50s it was a huge tourist attraction with tens of thousands taking their photos at the Dolphin Rock. Here, right, is the Dolphin Rock entrance to Marineland today. And in today's not so innocent times, if a mother leaves her children in the car for two minutes while she's shopping, she is liable to lose her kids to foster care and get sued for child neglect.

The park was closed for renovations in 2004, and re-opened in 2006. Many of the original buildings were demolished.

If Judge Roy Pearson were that 8 year old child I have no doubt he would have sued his parents into bankruptcy. Anyone who would commit 1,400 hours to a trivial case is mentally ill. I wonder how many hours he spent on this case during working hours while he was supposedly doing the duties of an Administrative Judge? The taxpayers of D.C. should sue him for the hours he spent filing the hundreds of briefs and motions during the past two years on the taxpayers' dime.

But there may be some justice after all:

Examiner.com,
15 Jun 2007,
Pants lawsuit could cost D.C. judge his $100,000 job

The boss of Roy L. Pearson Jr., the administrative law judge whose $54 million pants lawsuit has turned the D.C. legal system into a punch line on late-night talk shows, has recommended that the city deny Pearson another term on the bench, D.C. government sources said Thursday.

In a letter to the three-person commission that will decide whether Pearson gets reappointed, District of Columbia Chief Administrative Judge Tyrone T. Butler said Pearson does not deserve a 10-year term to the post, which pays more than $100,000 a year.



Some bloggers have suggested that everyone call Roy Pearson's boss, Chief Administrative Judge Tyrone Butler at (202) 442-9094, but he is not taking any more calls on the Pearson matter and you will have to contact:

Ms. Lisa Coleman
General Counsel
D.C. Office of Administrative Hearings
825 N. Capitol Street, NE
Washington, D.C. 20002
(202) 724-5477
Lisa.coleman@dc.gov

I say leave a message asking if there will be an investigation into accounting for Pearson's time spent on this case that were done during working hours so that he could reimburse the citizens of D.C. the moneys he wasted on their payroll.

However, I should mention that there is a bright side to this case: Roy Pearson will probably do more to enable tort reform in this country than any other person in our history. As The Maryland Injury Lawyer Blog noted: "If Roy Pearson did not exist, advocates of tort reform would invent him."

We have learned that he has hit hard times in recent years:

Examiner.com,
Same article above

Pearson has had a history of doggedly pursuing legal matters.

Before he became a D.C. judge two years ago, Pearson was unemployed after working as legal aid attorney for 24 years. He worked on one tenant lawsuit for 18 years, appealing the case all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court.

His former boss once called him the best attorney he ever hired, but their relationship soured and Pearson quit in 2002.

In 2005, in his divorce suit, Virginia courts ordered him to pay his ex-wife, also a lawyer, $12,000 for "creating unnecessary litigation” and threatening her and her attorney with disbarment.

At the time of the ruling, he had no steady job, no bank account and less than $2,000 in cash.


Since Roy Pearson seems so desperate, and is obviously an idiot of the highest caliber, I thought I would try to take his last few thousand dollars with a bogus email scam; here's what I'm sending him:

I AM THE MOST EXCELLENT SERVANT OF MAIBUTI ISFINE, THE NEPHEW OF THE CROWN PRINCE OF ZIMBABWE, WEHDAFUKAWI MUGABE. DUE TO RECENT LAND RESTORATION FROM WHITE LANDLORDS, WE HAVE BEEN SABUTAGED BY WESTERN IMPERIALIST FORCES TO DESTROY OUR COUNTRY. I HAVE BEEN PRESENTLY INFORMED OF YOUR EMBARKATOIN ON THE PRECIPICE OF A GREAT CROSSROAD IN YOUR CASE AGAINST THE ASIAN USURPURS OF YOUR PANTS GARMENT. WE ARE MUCH IIMPRESED BY YOUR LEGAL SKILL AND TINACITY.

MAIBUTI IS IN POSSESSION OF MANY DEPOSITS OF FUNDS WHICH ARE TRAPPED IN ZIMBABWE AND WE ARE MUCH INTERESTED IN ASKING YOUR ASSISTENCE IN ESTABLISHING A REPOSITORRY FOR IMPORTATION OF THESE MONEYS AS WE ARE SHORTLY EXPECTING OUR DEPARTURE FROM OUR SACRED HOMELAND.

HOWEVER, BY VIRTUE OF HIS ROYAL POSITION AND NEED TO SPEEDY EXIT, WE CANNOT ACQUIRE THIS MONEY IN OUR NAMES. I HAVE THEREFORE, BEEN DELEGATED AS A MATTER OF TRUST TO LOOK FOR AN OVERSEAS PARTNER OF TRUST INTO WHOSE ACCOUNT WE WOULD TRANSFER THE SUM OF US$67,292,000 (SIXTY-SEVEN MILLION, TWO HUNDRED AND NINTY TWO THOUSAND U.S DOLLARS). WE HAVE AGREED TO SHARE THE MONEY THUS;

1. 20% FOR THE YOU THE ACCOUNT OWNER
2. 70% FOR US (THE OFFICIALS)
3. 10% TO BE USED IN SETTLING TAXATION AND ALL LOCAL AND FOREIGN EXPENSES.

PLEASE,NOTE THAT THIS TRANSACTION IS 100% SAFE AND WE HOPE TO COMMENCE THE TRANSFER LATEST SEVEN (7) BANKING DAYS FROM THE DATE OF THE RECEIPT OF THE FOLLOWING INFORMATIOM BY TEL/FAX; 263-1-7740449, YOUR ACCOUNT NUMBER WHERE WE MAY DEPOSIT THESE FUND.

YOURS FAITHFULLY,

DR UNGAWA ORON

It is precisely greedy fools like Roy Pearson who fall for these kinds of scams.

Update: 25 Jun 2007: the Chungs win



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