Free Barry Bonds!

Well, technically, Barry Bonds is free. Sort of. Despite prosecutors seeking 15 months in prison for the perjury obstruction of justice charge Bonds faced, baseball’s home run king gets 30 days of house arrest and two years probation with an additional 250 hours of community service.

Leaving the legalese to the lawyer who wrote the linked post, let me say lying in court is bad. Evading direct questions to cover your ass (in a non-Fifth Amendment way) also bad.

Spending tens of millions of government dollars to catch a liar in something approximating a kangaroo court is bad, too. Are the streets safer? Is the impressionable youth hearing a loud and clear message for the first time? Hopefully. Don’t lie in court, it is bad. Very bad. Much worse than steroids, I assure you.

Comments (5)

  1. He’s lucky he can afford to buy his way out of a perjury charge!

  2. I wouldn’t exactly call the U.S. Federal Court a “kangaroo court”. If you want to blame the prosecutors who decided to pursue this course of action and spent the time and taxpayer dollars to do so, that’s fine but the U.S. Federal Court is serious business.

    Even so, the feds were within their rights to prosecute as steroids are controlled substances and the fact that everybody knew MLB players were taking them would have prompted them to take action. I don’t agree with U.S. drug laws but the federal prosecutors do have to uphold them and BALCO was too big to let slide.

    Finally, perjury is a serious charge. It undermines the court system as witness testimony is key to determining the facts in any trial. What Bonds did was wrong. However, the house arrest and probation was the appropriate sentence as Bonds had no criminal record and has a history of philanthropy (which the media largely ignores, but that’s another rant). I would say that yes, perjury is definitely more serious than steroids, however, I understand why Bonds would perjure himself.

    • You are correct. It wasn’t the court so much as the circus that dragged him before a federal court in the first place. Sucks for Bonds that he chose to commit a serious crime in the attempts to cover up some poor life decisions while on trial for a very-much less serious crime.

  3. By no means do I like Barry Bonds. I think he is an arogant cocky prick. However, I feel that he was unfairly ostracized. If anyone should have been penalized, it should have been Bud Selig and Major League Baseball. There is no way they did not know what was going on, but with the benjamin’s flowing in they turned a blind eye. They are the ones who fostered this culture, they should both be penalized for this issue, and I feel the company should be penalized worse than the employee.

    In my proffession I am an HR Manager. In almost every case, the employer should and is penalized worse than the employee. Control comes from above, not below. The proverbial tail does not wag the dog.

  4. GOAT, seriously.

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