Sep 14, 2007

Rule Ten Thousand: Go Directly to Jail

10kbill.jpgAmong the legends of New York jurisprudence is the infamous Rule 20, which required that an attorney making a legal filing include a twenty dollar bill for the local court clerk.

What's it cost to bribe an official today? That $20 patronage may be long gone, but if you’re wondering what the fee is for getting the inside track with a corrupt New York judge, apparently it’s about $10,000. That’s what one dad paid to influence a crooked justice in his custody case. The punishment for Dad’s bribery: three months jail time and an angry ex-spouse who told the New York Post, "I think for the crime he committed and for the pain he created, [three months] is very little." That $10,000 figure also jibes with the fee for bribing a corrupt Ohio D.A.—at least that’s what one prosecutor charged for reducing a third DUI to a first-offense reckless driving charge.

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