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Friday, November 16, 2007 Column on Barry Bonds Indictment

Howard noted the Bonds indictment yesterday, and last night I published a column on Sports on the topic.

I examine the grand jury indictment, prospects for a plea bargain, and how, if there is a trial, Bonds might attempt to show that he did not commit perjury or obstruction of justice.

I hope you have a chance to read the piece.


Professor McCann:

I've read in several places today that MLB is "pleased"/"relieved" that the Bonds' indictment was for perjury/obstruction of justice and not for tax evasion. I nave no idea if MLB is indeed happy about that situation, but I'll accept the statements at face value for the moment. That leads me to ask a couple of questions:

1. Could the prosecutors add tax evasion charges to this indictment at a later date?

2. Could tax evasion charges be brought even after a trial on the counts of perjury and obstruction of justice?

3. Can you conjure up any reason why MLB would prefer these charges to tax evasion charges?

Thanks in advance.

Anonymous The Sports Curmudgeon -- 11/16/2007 2:31 PM  

So just how important is it to tell the truth?

As a motivational speaker, I was recently speaking to a group of high school students about the importance of telling the truth and making the right choices. What qualified me to make this presentation - personal experience…perhaps one of the best teachers in life. Having spent time in Federal prison for making unethical decisions, I know first hand the impact that choices have in our life. I am not proud of those decisions, but, likewise, refuse to hide the fact that I made them and that the impact they had on my life were - well - life changing.

As reported in the Wall Street Journal law blog, MLB’s home run hitter Barry Bonds has been indicted for - well simply put - “lying!”

The post in the WSJ Blog states: “Bonds joins a line of individuals stretching from Alger Hiss to Martha Stewart to Scooter Libby to who were indicted not for commiting an underlying crime, but for lying to investigators. Each time this happens, critics argue that a perjury prosecution is nothing more than an excuse for overzealous prosecutors to bring a headline-grabbing case against a boldfaced name. On the other hand, in pursuing such well-known figures, the feds hope to send a message to the meek and mighty alike: Don’t lie.”

I couldn’t agree more. Whether Bonds is convicted like Martha Stewart or not…the fact remains that the consequences of lying can have dramatic, life-changing effects. Take it from one who knows, “Club Fed” isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. It’s prison and no one I know wants to be there.

I routinely speak to business groups and associations on ethics, choices, consequences and their total effect. Every choice has a consequence - and the sooner we recognize that telling the truth is a choice the quicker we control the type of consequences we face. I personally perfer ”positive results” from the choices I make.

Blogger Chuck Gallagher -- 11/16/2007 9:48 PM  

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