Taking his seat in his chambers, Judge David Applebaum faced the opposing lawyers.
"So," he said, "I have been presented, by both of you, with a bribe."
Both lawyers squirmed uncomfortably. "You, attorney Smith, gave me $15,000. And you, attorney Henderson, gave me $10,000."
Judge Applebaum reached into his pocket and pulled out a check. He handed it to Smith. "Now then, I'm returning $5,000, and we're going to decide this case solely on its merits!"