This from the USA Today:
“ALLENTOWN, Pa. (AP) — The Pennsylvania Supreme Court has overturned likely hundreds of juvenile convictions issued by a corrupt judge.
The high court on Thursday voided the convictions of many youth offenders who appeared before former Luzerne County Judge Mark Ciavarella from 2003 to 2008.
Federal prosecutors charged Ciavarella and another judge with taking $2.6 million in payoffs to put juvenile offenders in private lockups.
The judges pleaded guilty to fraud last month and face sentences of more than seven years in prison.
The juveniles whose records were expunged were low-level offenders who appeared in Ciavarella’s courtroom without lawyers”
You mean a judge that is probably appointed by some random politician took a bribe? Again this may be one of those cases in where many judges take bribes and he was just bad at it. But let’s take a look at what it means to be a public judge and why people bribe them.
The judicial system lacks a market. Our “rule of law” gives these judges a monopoly over all court systems. There is only private arbitration. As Hayek showed in “why the worst get on top” chapter of Road To Serfdom is that those who are in non-market areas will find a way to get on top. This is sometimes by being the corrupt of the most corrupt or simply the best at taking bribes. If we had a market for judges, then they would have to be fair. Not all of them would be, but they would be put out of business for not being fair. If a judge isn’t fair today then it does not make a difference. There is no incentive for him to be fair, so the incentive is for him to take the bribe.