Saturday, June 23, 2007

Pearson as a Symbol of Increasing Litigiousness in American Society

D.C. administrative law judge, Roy Pearson, is giving lawyers and jurists alike a bad name. If lawyers--who may eventually become judges--didn't already have enough of a bad name already, Pearson is taking the reputation of jurists down to a new historically low level.

According to a June 21st ABC report on the pants lawsuit saga that is currently clogging our overloaded judicial system (with which Pearson should himself be familiar and therefore should be ashamed of clogging it even more with useless lawsuits), Pearson broke down in tears during his testimony detailing the traumatic events of losing his pants. ABC reports:

A Washington, D.C. law judge broke down in tears and had to take a break from his testimony because he became too emotional while questioning himself about his experience with a missing pair of pants....

But as he explained the details of the missing pants, Pearson struggled to get through his hour and a half of testimony, most of which concerned his credentials and his background.

He became visibly emotional when he reached the point in the story where he confronted Soo Chung from the dry cleaning store.

"These are not my pants,'' he testified yesterday, telling her "I have in my adult life, with one exception, never worn pants with cuffs."

But Chung insisted, Pearson testified.

"These are your pants."

Pearson rushed from the courtroom, tears streaming down his face.

Poor Pearson.

Pearson's case really represents only the tip of the iceberg in an increasingly litigious American society. According to Professor Robert Kagan in his piece entitled American Adversarialism, the number of cases being appealed today is about fifteen times that of the number in 1960--an increase of nearly 1500% in appeals.

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