Free Barry Bonds!

Barry Bonds - PirateFeb. 14, 2013

By John Seiler

Don’t talk to the police. And in testimony before a grand jury, take the Fifth Amendment against self-incrimination.

That’s the lesson we get from so many unjust prosecutions — really persecutions — of people famous and otherwise, from Martha Stewart to Barry Bonds.

Whether or not Bonds should have used performance-enhancing drugs should be a matter for himself, Major League Baseball and baseball fans — all private entities. It should be none of government’s business.

Yet government has gotten involved. It prosecuted Bonds and convicted him of “obstruction of justice,” supposedly for lying to a grand jury in 2003. The L.A. Times reports:

“Bonds was asked in the grand jury session whether his personal trainer had ever given him a substance that required a syringe to inject. In his response, Bonds rambled on about his childhood and his friendship with the trainer before finally telling the grand jury that he had not received an injectable substance.

“The grand jury eventually indicted Bonds, and he was tried in 2011 on three counts of perjury and one count of obstruction. The trial jury convicted him of obstruction of justice, based on that meandering answer, but it deadlocked on the perjury charges.”

See? He should have taken the Fifth.

The new development:

“SAN FRANCISCO — A federal appeals court wrestled Wednesday with whether to overturn slugger Barry Bonds‘ felony conviction for obstruction of justice.

“The three-judge panel of the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals weighed whether Bonds broke the law by being evasive in a 52-word answer he gave a federal grand jury in 2003. The grand jury was investigating illegal distribution of performance-enhancing drugs….

“How the three-judge panel was leaning after Wednesday’s hearing was nearly as difficult to parse as Bonds’ answer. Judge Michael Daly Hawkins appeared troubled by the fact that Bonds eventually answered the grand jury query: ‘Can a grand jury witness obstruct justice by giving a series of evasive answers and then giving a direct answer that is not evasive?’ Hawkins asked.

“Assistant U.S. Atty. Merry Jean Chan, however, said Bond’s rambling response was intended to deceive. She argued that the obstruction conviction was not limited to those 52 words but reflected evasion throughout Bonds’ testimony.”

Actually, the whole prosecution/persecution of Bonds is a massive injustice worthy of the Soviet show trials of the 1930s. And remember that Bonds is not in prison only because he’s wealthy and can afford high-priced attorneys. If something like this happened to you or me, we’d be in some hellhole prison for years by now.

Let’s hope the 9th Circuit dumps this case in the Pacific Ocean. The U.S. “Justice” System has become a mockery of real justice and leaving Bonds alone would be a step toward restoring some sense of fairness.

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  1. jimmydeeoc
    jimmydeeoc 14 February, 2013, 09:52

    Barry Bonds is an arrogant a$$. He’s a liar and a cheat.

    And it is none of the government’s business.

    I go ballistic every time I hear of some ridiculous Senate hearing on any sport. Dick Durbin, for instance, called for investigations into the New Orleans Saints bounty scandal, proving he is even a bigger a$$clown than I previously thought – and that’s saying something.

    I CAN see a legitimate case for gov’t involvement in issues like anti-trust.

    But Bonds, Roger Clemens, “Bountygate” – these are all RULES infractions. BIG difference. Let the leagues who set these rules sort it out.

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  2. Rex the Wonder Dog!
    Rex the Wonder Dog! 14 February, 2013, 13:34

    Actually, the whole prosecution/persecution of Bonds is a massive injustice worthy of the Soviet show trials of the 1930s. And remember that Bonds is not in prison only because he’s wealthy and can afford high-priced attorneys. If something like this happened to you or me, we’d be in some hellhole prison for years by now.
    On the money 100%.

    NO ONE whom was/is poor, or a poor/middle class minority, would ever be allowed to stay out on bond during an appeal of a CRIMINAL convition. Even MORE rare is the fact that the 9th Allowed oral argument on the issue, that alone is extremely rare. Very hard to get oral argument.

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  3. Rex the Wonder Dog!
    Rex the Wonder Dog! 14 February, 2013, 13:35

    What happened to Martha Stewart should be a lesson to EVERYONE in America, NEVER, EVER talk to LE if they suspect you of a crime.

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  4. Hondo
    Hondo 14 February, 2013, 15:02

    The commisioner of baseball should be on trial. He had to know that there was something up when a shortstop (A-Rod) was hitting 50 home runs a year. In years past, a power hitting shortstop hit 15 homeruns a year.
    I could care less if these adult players poison themselves with roids. HGH and roids have a big tendancy to cause cancer. See Lance Armstrong.
    The problem is that kids in high school are using, just hoping to sign any contract with a bonus. I place the blame on the comish. He should and had to have known.
    Hondo……

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  5. Hondo
    Hondo 14 February, 2013, 15:10

    God knows how many home runs Hank Aaron would have hit if he had roids. Or Willie Mays. Willie McCovey could have hit one to Japan if he was on roids. That man was huge. I’m sure he could have CLEARED McCovey cove easily.
    Noone in the roids era should be in the hall of fame. They all were using.
    Hondo….

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  6. Hondo
    Hondo 14 February, 2013, 15:13

    Imagine Willie Stargel or Reggie Jackson on roids. I saw that home run Reggie Jackson hit in that allstar game. The longest home run ever. Imagine if he was on roids.
    Hondo….

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  7. Rex the Wonder Dog!
    Rex the Wonder Dog! 14 February, 2013, 15:51

    Imagine Willie Stargell or Reggie Jackson on roids.
    ==
    Have you ever seen Mr. September, Reggie Jackson, in person??? I have, he is a very big guy and there is NO DOUBT in my mind he used performance enhancing drugs. He was also a HUGE fan of Golds Gym back in the early 1980’s.

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  8. Dyspeptic
    Dyspeptic 14 February, 2013, 18:57

    Like others have noted, never answer LEO questions if you are a suspect and never consent to a search no matter what B.S. promises a cop makes. Cops are professional interrogators and unlike politicians, we are not professional liars. Shut your yap and avoid the trap.

    Aside from that I agree with JimmyDee, Bonds is an insufferable egoist/A-hole but then so is Obama. Maybe Barack should spend some time behind bars, he needs an attitude adjustment worse than Barry Bonds and he lies a lot more often

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  9. Rex the Wonder Dog!
    Rex the Wonder Dog! 14 February, 2013, 20:34

    Aside from that I agree with JimmyDee, Bonds is an insufferable egoist/A-hole but then so is Obama.

    I am no fan of Obama, but there is no comparison between him and Bonds. Bonds has an ego like Trump and Arnold.

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  10. jimmydeeoc
    jimmydeeoc 15 February, 2013, 16:17

    Rex: Obama’s ego is more subtle. It IS just as big.

    Hondo and Rex – ur are kinda missing the point. I don’t care how many HRs Jackson, Starhell or even Hack Wilson woulda hit….

    The main point we should be concerned with is…..this should be a Baseball issue, and only a Baseball issue……not a Senate Sub-committee issue.

    And for that matter – as to ‘roids illegality in the first place, well, I’m a Libertarian on many issues, and see no reason not be be in this case as well.

    Maybe a new definition of “libertarian”: The Anti-Bloomberg. (Another giant ego.)

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  11. Rex the Wonder Dog!
    Rex the Wonder Dog! 15 February, 2013, 20:49

    I think the gov should also stay out of it, I also think congress should REVOKE MLB monopoly anti-trust status………

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