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XIX:1 The judges who took bribes

One day, some bhikkhus were returning to the monastery after their almsround in Savatthi. While they took shelter in a hall of justice during a heavy shower of rain they saw some judges who were deciding their cases arbitrarily after having taken bribes. They reported the matter to the Buddha who said, 'Bhikkhus! If one is influenced by monetary considerations in deciding cases, he cannot be called a just judge who abides by the law. If one weighs the evidence intelligently and decides a case impartially, then he is to be called a just judge who abides by the law.'

55/170 Dhammapada & Commentary Khuddhaka J.i.106ff. despair

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