WASHINGTON, D.C.—A five-year-old, multi-million-dollar dispute between a Washington, D.C. administrative court judge and a Korean-owned dry cleaning business over an allegedly lost pair of Hickey Freeman suit pants came to an end June 25 when a judge ruled in favor of the cleaning shop owners and awarded them court costs.
The lawsuit was brought by Administrative Law Judge Roy L. Pearson against Custom Cleaners and its owners Jin Nam Chung and Soo Chung and their son Ki Chung. During the trial, which began June 12, Pearson broke down in tears during an explanation about his frustration over losing his pants, and a short recess had to be declared. Under questioning from the attorney for the Chung family, Pearson admitted that he had less than $2,000 in his bank due to divorce proceedings and that he was collecting unemployment benefits.
Pearson was portrayed in national MSM as an inept buffoon and the trial was treated as comic theater. But it should be noted that Pearson is a graduate of the Northwestern University Law School who was admitted to the District of Columbia bar in 1978 and certified to argue cases before the U.S. Supreme Court in 1985. He has a documented track record of community service in D.C.’s black community.