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Top 5 Corrupt Judges in Modern History

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Top 5 Corrupt Judges in Modern History

corrupt judgesThere are more than 2 million Americans in jail today, yet you don’t often find a critical look into the failures of our justice system on the front page news.

In fact, the vast majority of crime reporting in this country makes a mockery of everything justice is supposed to be.

How many times do you see the mug shot of a minority followed by self-congratulating quotes offered up by the Police spokesperson?

Such conviction in the press opens up the doors for an actual conviction, whether justified or not.

Thanks to an overworked population of public defenders and a preponderance of corrupt judges – who in some cases don’t even bother to read a case or examine evidence before handing down a ruling – justice is not being served, and accountability is lacking in a big way.




Consider the FBI’s 1980 Operation Greylord. Agents posed as prosecutors and defense lawyers that bribed judges. The judges’ offices, in some cases, were bugged and the results led to the prosecution of more than 90 judges, lawyers, court personnel and police officers.

The investigation spanned 42 months and uncovered a wide-ranging network of corruption within the Cook County, Illinois justice system.

Examples of Recent Corrupt Judges

The corruption continues. Here is a look at some of the most corrupt judges in modern history.

1. Judge Thomas J. Maloney

Maloney was one of several judges caught up in Operation Greylord. He was caught in the act of taking bribes and even rigging murder cases.

He fixed a confirmed four cases, including a murder case, and obstructed justice during the investigation into his crimes. One of the bribes he pocketed came from political insiders with connections to the On Leong crime family. Maloney promised a not-guilty verdict for the ruthless hit man Lenny Chow.

Maloney’s fee: $100,000.

2. Judge James Henson

Former Florida Judge James Henson was tossed from the bench in 2005 when he advised a manslaughter suspect to flee the country rather than face the wheels of justice Hanson himself was chosen to uphold.

The case involved a drunk-driving death. A judge taking on a criminal defense client is a big no-no, but advising said subject to haul-tail out of the U.S. – that’s just taking corruption to a whole new level.

3. Judge Donald Thompson

corrupt judgesWith someone’s fate on the line, you’d think judges would strive to avoid courtroom distractions. That was not the case for former Federal Court Judge Donald Thompson, who was prone to masturbating while he presided over cases of dire national importance.

He ended up being sentenced to four years behind bars after evidence was collected from under his desk and the surrounding carpet.

4. Judge Richard Palumbo

Maryland Judge Richard Palumbo ruled to lift a restraining order against the man who would later douse the woman who requested the order with gasoline and set her ablaze. Yvette Cade was gravely injured and disfigured.

Palumbo ignored her pleas, which were documented on tape, and released Cade’s husband from the protective order. Roger Hargrave would go on to commit the unspeakable act of violence against Yvette. Palumbo was subsequently removed from hearing domestic violence cases.

5. Judges Mark Ciavarella and Michael Conahan

Pennsylvania Judge Mark Ciavarella is yet another man of the robe convicted of taking kickbacks. He and another Scranton judge accepted millions in kickbacks in exchange for sentencing teens to private industry juvenile detention centers.

Ciavarella and Judge Michael Conahan sentenced more than 5,000 teens to detention centers, regardless of the nature of the crimes, or whether the kids were even guilty at all. The worst kind of judge-for-sale is one that targets kids.

Originally published on TopSecretWriters.com

  • Anonymous

    The criminal justice system of America disturbs me and I can’t help but hope that history will have the opportunity of celebrating its passing.

    Corrupt British judges casually sent adults and children to their deaths (1 in 3 died of disease, murder etc) on rotting prison ships in the 18th Century. They shared similar views to US judges in that ‘out of sight-out of mind’ and ‘tough justice’ could end crime and make polite society feel safer. It never was the case.

    Now we look back in horror at the period and overlook the modern shortcomings. One can only imagine a future where US prisons aren’t racially overpopulated, economically-driven or confining innocent people. This period might be seen in the same way the prison ships are to us.

    I also sincerely hope that ‘Operation Greylord’ is a regularly repeated endeavour to minimise corruption and amorality amongst the judges.

  • Anonymous

    The criminal justice system of America disturbs me and I can’t help but hope that history will have the opportunity of celebrating its passing.

    Corrupt British judges casually sent adults and children to their deaths (1 in 3 died of disease, murder etc) on rotting prison ships in the 18th Century. They shared similar views to US judges in that ‘out of sight-out of mind’ and ‘tough justice’ could end crime and make polite society feel safer. It never was the case.

    Now we look back in horror at the period and overlook the modern shortcomings. One can only imagine a future where US prisons aren’t racially overpopulated, economically-driven or confining innocent people. This period might be seen in the same way the prison ships are to us.

    I also sincerely hope that ‘Operation Greylord’ is a regularly repeated endeavour to minimise corruption and amorality amongst the judges.

  • Corruption Bastrop Texas

    I have asked the FBI law for help as well as hired Attorney from Austin Lawrence S, Like the Fbi said they looked into my sons case and saw nothing wrong/ Why are there not tire skid marks from tires sliding out of sons North bound lane? Head on collision with Sons truck hitting drivers tire of Gatesville 1 Ton 4 dr Pulling three wheel trailer with allot of cement equipment. Lets say Father was given a Discernment Prayer answer of a 45 degree angle silver truck in sons lane as he was standing in Bastrop HWY 95. State patrol after taking report while father was at seen with statement from cement driver that accident occurred 20 ft behind where his truck stopped! As father rushed to hospital with son poring blood from left ear canal, police wrote up a completely different report! Easily convincing the 3 time DWI driver to agree. Pictures of his trash can differ his statement that he drinks no more beer. Should said he drinks no less in court because he is diabetic! Corner store Sherri Starr said father and sons purchase Bud Light beer there almost every night! There are allot of stores in this world! Judge Carson Campbell has said things in court room as I was there no public defender offered to others and his exact words Go back to GRAND PA PA

    get some more money and get your own attorney and come back in 1 month! Our constitutional rights are Gone! My son was soo framed by 3 D.A.’s that his life is ruined by Our justice system cost his father all 300,000.00 of his retirement! Even L.A situation shows 2 million dollars our Justice system is going to have to collect getting upset he was sending money out? Digital reconstruction now assisting but LAW said to no avail because case is closed! Just keep paying 700.00 a month for the remainder of 10 years or will place son back in prison for Judges to get swimming pools or D.A.?

  • Corruption Bastrop Texas

    Something does not seem correct from Character of accused Shooter, He was following large concert locations and this is being used by big brother to take MONEY!
    Sending money out of our Country. This Man has gambling problem and has won money from? Who wants his Money or wants it back well we know that s our Justice system! Our Judicial system is so corrupt police shooting people and courts releasing there counties for not responsible for suit’s, Judge being sued in front of Bastrop Co said this will not happen during my Watch dismissing law suit of young girl being continually rapped by orders of judge court ordered her to live with Sexual assailant and Girlfriend, but life changed when assailant killed girlfriend then repeatedly rapping young girl placing suit on Judge! Lady on her front pouch murdered by Police of Bastrop TX Dismissed Judges of this county said (will not happen on my watch) a judge getting sued is a joke! What is going on here in the OLD US of A? This is going on all over this Country we have had so many Federal disasters for Fires here and blamed on Judge having immigrant (Legal?) brush hogging, squirrels tails touching power lines catching fires? That Is along Tail story! Now As-plunk Company sued by Bastrop co. for not trimming trees! Wounder if there was an actual contract? Speculation land acquired from court case? God knows and have mercy for things that go on Here on Earth? Allot of Federal disaster money doing allot of ??? in Bastrop Tx. Children scared to play Basket ball in Parks because they need to Keep there Jails full of your children not THEIRS! 1 YR federal prison for old Sheriff ya right ?? This is going on all over this Country and May God Help US All!

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