Judge loses pants, lawsuit, job

Not that it matters anymore, now that the Chungs have been emotionally and financially wrecked by the ordeal, but how’s he going to pay them the $83,000 in attorneys’ fees he owes them if he doesn’t have a job?

Alleged reason for dismissal: behavior that sounds suspiciously like overweening jackassery. Contain your surprise.

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.

It looks like the Chungs’ defense fund is still active. Money’s tight for all of us, I know, and we’ve all got that Joe and Valerie defense fund on our Christmas shopping lists already, so most of us will probably have to choose between the two. Lead with your heart.