Taking his seat in his chambers, the judge faced the
opposing lawyers. “So,” he said, “I have been presented, by
both of you, with a bribe.”

Both lawyers squirmed uncomfortably.

“You, attorney Leon, gave me $15,000. And you, attorney
Campos, gave me $10,000.” The judge reached into his pocket
and pulled out a check. He handed
it to Leon.

“Now then, I’m returning $5,000, and we’re going to decide
this case solely on its merits.