A judge calls opposing council into his chambers . . .
. . . and says “Gentlemen, I’ve called you here to discuss a very serious matter. Both of
you have given me bribes to influence my decision”.
The lawyers begin to squirm in their seats.
“Mr. Morgenstern, you have given me $40,000 to rule in your favor, and Mr. Atkinson,
you have given me $50,000 to rule for you”.
He hands Atkinson $10,000 in cash and says “Now that you are both even, I intend to
decide the case purely on its merits”.