- The Washington Times - Saturday, June 30, 2007


Noble: Judge Judith Bartnoff, who earlier this week threw out Roy Pearson’s ridiculous $54 million lawsuit over a pair of pants.

The saga began in May 2006, when Mr. Pearson, an administrative law judge in the District, claims Custom Cleaners lost a pair of his suit trousers. He sued, arguing that under the D.C. Consumer Protection Act, he could take literally their “Satisfaction Guaranteed” sign and demand $54 million (down from $67 million) in compensation. This frivolous case should have never made it to D.C. Superior Court, but luckily, Judge Bartnoff was there to end the madness.

According to her bio from the court’s Web site, Judge Bartnoff graduated magna cum laude from Radcliffe College and was an editor of the Law Review at Columbia Law School. She also has a master of laws from Georgetown University and worked as independent counsel on President Clinton’s passport investigation. In 1994, Mr. Clinton appointed her to Superior Court, where she is the presiding judge of the Domestic Violence Unit.

We are pleased that Judge Bartnoff ruled on Monday in favor of the defendant and said of consumer-protection law: “I do think that this is a very important statute to protect to consumers, and I also think it’s important that [it is] not misused.”

For putting an end to Mr. Pearson’s pants circus, Judge Judith Bartnoff is the Noble of the week.

Knave: Curtis Allgier, the white supremacist who killed a prison guard to escape from custody.

While temporarily free from his restraints during an MRI procedure at a Salt Lake City hospital, Allgier tried to flee. During the ensuing struggle, corrections officer Stephen Anderson was fatally shot in the head. Allgier then hijacked an SUV and led police on a high-speed chase until tire spikes placed along the highway forced him to abandon the vehicle at an Arby’s restaurant. Authorities have yet to sort every detail, but they do know that a gun was fired, someone sustained a head injury and an Arby’s patron — a Vietnam veteran — managed to wrestle the gun from Allgier, who was held until police arrived.

On Wednesday, in an interview with ABC News, Allgier, who is a federal felon with a violent criminal record, claimed that he never shot the gun and that it “jammed and I threw it.” He insists the gun “just went off.” Unbelievable.

In case you missed his TV appearance, picture this: Allgier’s face is so heavily covered in tattoos that there is barely any flesh-colored skin visible; swastikas decorate his cheeks and the words “skin head” are spelled out above his eyebrows. He referred to himself as a “white power skinhead” and explained that there are “certain religions that I hate: Jews and Muslims.”

For being killing an officer in the line of duty, assaulting civilians and being a racist, Curtis Allgier is the Knave of the week.

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