|Partly corrupt or corrupt impartiality?|
However, it wouldn't be the first time a judge solicited money for a decision that he had already decided. Judges can abuse the information asymmetry that exists between the bench and the litigants to encourage parties engage in bidding to ensure their victory. (Nick Cheesman has written quite a bit about this type of corruption in Myanmar)
Or, as Sir Francis Bacon famously said, "I usually accept bribes from both sides so that tainted money can never influence my decision."