Best Non-Random Act of Kindness -- Judicial (2003)

Denver District Court Judges

Colorado's courts are in a world of hurt financially, as is every other governmental institution these days, and court employees will be missing out on several days' pay this year. To help ease the pain for 120 Denver District Court workers, the district's twenty judges each contributed $600 to an employees' fund, just in time for the holidays. "We're all in this together," said Judge John Coughlin, who proposed the do-good idea. Not quite: The judges earn $104,000 a year, far more than most of their employees -- but they're still among the lowest-paid district-court judges in the country.

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