Free at Last
Barry Bonds’s conviction for obstruction of justice was overturned yesterday by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. Assuming that either the feds aren’t crazy enough to appeal this to the Supreme Court or the Court isn’t dumb enough to take the case, this should be the end of it. This is, make no mistake, a good thing; the idea that giving a rambling answer instead of a direct one is a felony is idiotic. As Judge Alex Kozinski wrote in his opinion:
The most one can say about this statement is that it was non-responsive and thereby impeded the investigation to a small degree by wasting the grand jury’s time and trying the prosecutors’ patience.
Hopefully this will a step towards both Bonds’s re-entry into the world of baseball and reining in prosecutors who abuse their power in such blatant ways.