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passenger in a cab before the cab driver sweeps out the back. When he sweeps out the back he finds $11,000 in one-dollar bills, which is rather unusual. He's an honest cab driver, and he takes it to the police station. And the law in the city of New York is that if you find anything of value -- my recollection is that it was over $10 at that time --, you are legally required to turn it over to the cops; and then after a period of time, if it is not claimed, then it's your property.

Well, they inquired of him who was in the cab, and he said, “The last guy in the cab was Carmine DeSapio.” And they went to Carmine DeSapio said, “Oh, that's not my money -- definitely not. I never saw that money.” And the money was unclaimed, and the cab driver ultimately got it. But everybody believed -- and I'm sure still today believes -- that this was a wad that he was carrying around for God knows what purpose, and the smartest thing on his part would have been to say yes, it was his and give some explanation as to why it's in one-dollar bills. It isn't such a terrible thing for a guy like Carmine DeSapio to have $11,000. It's unusual, but it isn't impossible to have an honest explanation for it. But nobody ever got over that little story.

Now, in terms of the corruption: nobody could establish it, but everybody believes that for a long period of time judges or prospective judges paid money to get their positions in the

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