Yale Study Shows Judicial Corruption Rampant


Yale Law Journal Publishes Report on Corruption in Our Courts: What It Looks Like and Where It Is Hidden

Stratos Pahis

118 Yale L.J. 1900 (2009).

Recent surveys and events indicate that judicial corruption could be a significant problem in the United States. This Note builds an economic model of bribery to better understand the incentives behind this pernicious phenomenon. It then compiles a data set of discovered incidents of judicial bribery in the United States to test the effectiveness of our anti-judicial-corruption institutions. This analysis suggests that our institutions are particularly ineffective at preventing and uncovering judicial bribery in civil disputes and traffic hearings.

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