Posts Tagged ‘District of Columbia’

Pantsless Pearson Spanked By the DC Bar

June 12, 2018

Pantsless Pearson Spanked By the DC Bar

You may remember DC Administrative Law Judge Roy Pearson Jr., who persistently but unsuccessfully sued a neighborhood dry cleaner for $54 million over a lost pair of pants, which were later found. What was lost was Mr. Pearson’s lawsuit, as well as his position as a judge. Now the DC Bar’s Board on Professional Responsibility is finally considering disciplinary action over the 4-year-long, meritless claims crusade. The Board had rejected a 2016 hearing committee’s recommended 30-day stayed suspension, and now, 2 years later, proposes a 90 day suspension.

So, this is about a suit initially filed in 2005, decided in 2007, denied on appeal in 2008 and 2010, reviewed by the DC Bar disciplinary committee in 2016, and reconsidered by the Board in 2018. Bear in mind that Mr. Pearson claimed he was wronged in part because he didn’t receive the dry cleaner’s advertised “Same-Day Service.”

Oh, the dry cleaning store closed in 2007 due to the financial and emotional toll of the lawsuit.

More:

“Judge Who Sued Dry Cleaner For $54 Million Over Missing Pants About To Get Wedgie From Disciplinary Committee,” Joe Patrice, Above the Law

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John Oliver on the District of Columbia’s Missing Political Rights

August 6, 2015

Americans who live in the District of Columbia pay Federal taxes, die in U.S. wars, but have no vote in Congress. What they have had, for over two centuries, is Taxation Without Representation. Sound familiar? John Oliver explains it all to you:

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DC Emancipation Day

April 15, 2015

DC Emancipation Day

On April 16, 1862, during the Civil War, President Abraham Lincoln signed an act which freed the 3000 slaves in the District of Columbia. This was nine months before he signed the Emancipation Proclamation freeing slaves held in the Confederate states, many of whom actually remained in bondage until the the war ended in 1865, and 20 months before ratification of the Thirteenth Amendment, which definitively outlawed slavery everywhere in the United States.

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Capitol Hill: Small Victory for the People

March 5, 2015

Capitol Hill: Small Victory for the People
Kids have a snow day and want to sled on their neighborhood’s only hill. That’s winter in America, right? Wrong, if you’re one of the 600,000 American citizens who lives in the District of Columbia, and the the hill in question is Capitol Hill.

One Capitol Hill neighbor, Eleanor Holmes Norton, asked the Capitol Hill Police to let the kids go sledding on The Hill. You’d think that would count for something, since Ms. Norton is a duly-elected member of the U.S. House of Representatives, elected to 13 terms by DC voters whose federal income taxes help pay the Capitol Police. Nope. But then again the U.S. House of Representatives doesn’t let Ms. Norton vote on behalf of those taxpayers, either.

So sledding on Capitol Hill remains officially forbidden. But do you want to tell that to the neighborhood kids? Neither did the Capitol Hill Police. Kids: “Wheee!

More:

“Children bravely defy sledding ban on Capitol Hill, because freedom,” German Lopez, Vox

“Heroes Defy Cops, Sled on Capitol Hill,” Daily Beast

“Children Defy Police, Sled On Capitol Hill Grounds,” Matt Cohen, DCist

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Faith

July 11, 2014

Faith

Faith Dane, who played Mazeppa in the play and film Gypsy, is running for DC Mayor again. She takes her trumpet to campaign events because, in politics, You Gotta Have a Gimmick.

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Newspaper Boxes

September 16, 2013

Newspaper Boxes

Q: How many newspaper vending boxes are on DC sidewalks?

A: No one knows. They spring up like toadstools.

The District Department of Transportation (DDOT) has published a proposed rulemaking which will regulate the placement and maintenance of publisher boxes on public space. Among other things it requires registration of boxes, imposes a registration fee for them, requires their maintenance, and mandates removal of abandoned newspaper boxes.

There are no existing DC regulations for these streetscape features, and problems have been resolved by a complaint-driven ad hoc process. DDOT Public Space staffers hear about abandoned boxes from angry neighbors, and wheelchair users file ADA complaints when new boxes block the sidewalk. The proposed regs aim at creating a more pro-active situation and a better pedestrian environment. And we’ll even find out how many news vending boxes there are out there.

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DC Tattoo Cooling-Off Period

September 9, 2013

DC Tattoo Cooling-Off Period

The DC Department of Health has proposed regulations that would require a 24-hour waiting before customers could get tattoos or body piercing in Washington’s body art parlors. There’s a public comment period. Maybe someone will ask if there should be compulsory breathalyzer tests instead.

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How to Fix Everything

August 2, 2013

How to Fix Everything

Like any 21st Century city, Washington DC has  problems issues. City Paper asked some of our favorite local smartasses thinkers (including Lydia DePillis, Tyler Green, Elahe Izadi, Richard Layman, and Matthew Yglesias) how to resolve them.

“How to Fix Everything,” Washington City Paper

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DC Councilman: ‘Change That Shameful Name’

May 2, 2013

DC Councilman: 'Change That Shameful Name'

District of Columbia Councilman David Grosso has introduced a resolution that Washington’s professional football team should change its racist, derogatory name, the one beginning with “R.” It’s a non-binding resolution, to say the least; the team doesn’t even play in DC anymore.

Removing Native American slurs and stereotypes from sports nicknames and mascots has been a nationwide trend, but the second part of Mr. Grosso’s resolution is a bit arcane, and puzzles lots of folks. He suggests changing the team’s name to “Washington Redtails.” This is in honor of the Tuskegee Airmen, African American pilots of World War II. While more people should know about the Airmen, even the few who do don’t know that “Red Tails” was their nickname, unless they saw the flop movie of the same name.

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Tattoo Frontier: Washington DC

December 16, 2011

Tattoo Frontier: Washington DC

“If you’re a barber in the District, you have to be licensed and regulated by a city board. But if you’re a tattoo artist or piercer, a certain libertarian ethos seems to govern your trade within city limits—currently, the District remains one of the last places in the country in which tattooing and piercing are wholly unregulated.”

More:

“Regulations on Horizon for D.C. Tattoo Artists,” Martin Austermuhle, DCist

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