The Travesty of the Trousers Case

Monday, April 30, 2007

The saga of the Custom Cleaners folks -- as reported in Marc Fisher's April 26 Metro column, "Lawyer's Price for Missing Pants: $65 Million" -- hit a painful chord.

We are fortunate to live in this democracy, where the rights of the individual are paramount and enshrined in our Constitution. However, over the years, our political system has allowed, maybe even caused, these constitutional guarantees to be jeopardized in the context of our legal system. By many measures, we are the world's most litigious society.

Congress and state legislatures, aided and abetted by the courts, have opened the doors to such monstrous abuse of the legal system as illustrated by the Custom Cleaners case.

Today in America, anyone with time and malicious intent can harass, persecute and even destroy innocent victims using our courts as the weapon of choice. There is something fundamentally flawed in a judicial system that permits travesties such as has befallen the Ki, Jin and Soo Chung family, which owns Custom Cleaners on Bladensburg Road NE in the District.

To allow such a case to go on year after year, in the process interfering with the livelihoods and lives of law-abiding people, often with severe consequences, is profoundly wrong.




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