Another judge has entered a guilty plea to Federal corruption charges in Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania. He is the 20th person to be indicted so far in this Federal probe of corruption in the courts.
Being involved in a lawsuit can be one of the most stressful experiences any of us can have in our lifetime. Think how much worse that can be if the judge who holds power over your property, your life savings, your right to live in peace or even your freedom has sold his decision to the highest bidder.
A favorite joke of mine goes like this: The plaintiff offers the judge $5,000 to decide the case in his favor. The judge replies that the defendant has already paid $10,000 to get the case decided in his favor. Then the judge says, “Why don’t you give me $10,000 and I’ll decide the case on the merits.”
I think that’s a funny joke. Then I am reminded that all good humor must involve some element of truth.