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Bribing A Judge
July 20. 2007
It has happened many times in the court system that dirty judges have been given $100,000 or more in stock or cash to discretely throw out or rule against cases.
Some judges have let murders walk for that figure. Talk about blood money. There was a documented case just like that in Chicago.
$100,000 is the going rate in big cases (federal level) and $5,000 to $20,000 in smaller ones. These are serious federal crimes and heinous breaches of public trust.
The other favorite is discretely passing bound cash from a lawyer’s jacket pocket to the judge in chambers. People have written about and exposed this dirty practice online. Some lawyers and litigants have let the cat out the bag.
To miscreants the courthouse is a safe environment to engage in bribery, as who is really going to search a judge in a courtroom or in their chambers to catch them red handed in that venue.
The way some employees fear and fawn over judges, like they are waking on eggshells before dictators, which is really noticeable and pitiable, they wouldn’t dare touch the judge’s things in chambers. Still, there’s courtesy and respect…then there’s just plain old butt kissing.
$100,000 isn’t so difficult to discretely spend over a few months without getting caught. With the cost of living now, you can easily spend that on gas alone (a little humor).
Seriously, a judge on vacation can easily drop $10,000 in cash in a matter of days. Buying gifts, jewelry and other non-ostentatious antiques in cash. None would be the wiser. Dining at expensive restaurants at $400 a pop (expensive liquor – certain labels can cost hundreds, even thousands of dollars).
If a judge bought clothes weekly or bi-weekly in cash, most wouldn’t think anything of it, as many people buy clothes cash at times. It’s easy to drop thousands a month doing that with discreet purchases in different stores.
If a judge discretely bought a $500 dollar piece of jewelry in cash monthly or bi-monthly, over the course of a few months at different stores, none would suspect anything was wrong, and thousands would quietly be spent, turned into clean assets.
Over 5-6 months, one can clean $6,000 or more in cash in that manner. The vendors don’t have to know that it's a judge and it's not a crime buying things in cash (unless you're laundering money). Most people only know what judges on TV look like and couldn’t spot the rest from Adam in a public setting.
For many, spending $500 on a watch, necklace, bracelet or ring isn’t a staggering amount of cash. Many would think it’s a tourist or a private citizen. Thousands can quickly vanish that way.
One could also pay utility bills in cash at many outlets or have a housekeeper undertake the task while running errands.
Other means of cleaning judicial bribe money:
A quietly purchased, moderate sized boat in a private deal with a private citizen.
A quietly purchased, moderate sized motor home in a private deal with a private citizen.
Buying luxury food items such as Dom Perignon, caviar, lobster, truffles and multiple $30 cuts of beef at the supermarket. One can run up hundreds per week in this manner, and $1,0000 to $2,0000 per month and who’d really be watching. Most people just want to pick up their own stuff and get through the line. There are supermarkets that stock these items everyday, especially in affluent neighborhoods.
Slipping money to relatives: a thousand here, a thousand there. $10,000 can disappear in months in this manner.
Many people have normal sized safes in their homes to protect their valuables (not the flamboyant, ornate, imposing Hollywood ones used in films with laser beams shooting around it).
The government doesn’t have to know about these purchases, as the money does not go through dirty judges’ bank accounts.Some stocks are also passed to the dirty judge’s children and other relatives, just in case a nosy, defrauded litigant decides to run a check on the judge’s financial holdings…at home and abroad.
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