I just had a recollection-- you've got to understand that after each day of trial, the clerk prepares, and the judge edits, a "Minute Entry." It's not a transcript, just a series of notes about motions made and rulings given.
Some months ago, at the courthouse, a prosecutor told me "I never knew Judge ____ had a sense of humor, but now I know he does." I asked how he knew.
"I was trying a case in front of him and, during a recess, went to the men's room. As I was going in, I saw a fellow coming out, and noticed a $5 bill on the floor behind him. I pointed that out, he said thanks and picked it up ... and then I saw he had a juror's badge on. He was one of my jurors.
I went in and told the judge I'd had contact with a juror, and he and the defense attorney agreed there was no problem.
A fews later I get the minute entry. It read 'Mr. ____ admits to the Court that he proferred $5 to a juror in the men's room.'
So some day I may be up for an appointment to the bench, and get asked just what was going on."