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A bribe as defined by Tom Carson is a payment to someone in exchange for special consideration that is incompatible with the duties of his position An example of this would be if you offered a judge payment in secrecy to rule in your favor Your offer was accepted by the judge and you were not found guilty because of the payment received In the above example if it had been revealed why you were not found guilty you and the judge involved would be accused of bribery Once the media had received the facts pertaining to the bribery charges you would have a difficult time defending your innocents We expect individuals to perform the jobs they have to the best of their ability A judge which is caught letting his decision be influenced in favor of a person submitting payment secretly to him is not performing his job to the best of his ability In the back of our minds we believe judges politicians and lawyers are taking payoffs or bribes to accommodate the needs of the highest bidder What disturbs us is the secrecy It is difficult for us to respect or trust a person of authority when they are being devious Consider this you have been issued a traffic ticket You appear for your day in court The judge tells you I will give you court supervision if you pay court costs The traffic violation will not appear on your driving record your auto insurance company will not find out so your auto insurance will not increase This is not considered bribery this is acceptable There is nothing secretive happen between you and the judgeIt is common corporate business practice for a company to give gifts to another One company may give expensive watches one may take the individuals which make the important buying decisions out to a high class expensive restaurant This is sometimes done to encourage the one company to
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