The lawyer came into chambers and looking furtively around, pulled out a wad of cash.
“Here’s $50,000,” he said. “I really need to win this motion!”
The judge looked appalled.
“What kind of a judge do you think I am?” he asked, angrily, his face red.
The lawyer sputtered, embarrassed.
“I… I heard you could be bought!”
The judge calmed down a little bit.
“Son,” he said, “were I to take your money, I’d be committing a gross ethical transgression!”
“I see,” said the lawyer. “I guess taking a bribe is pretty unethical.”
The judge looked puzzled for a moment.
“I don’t think you understand. Your opponent has already paid me handsomely. If I take your money, it would be a conflict of interest!”