Barry Bonds Case Seen As Rebuke To Overzealous Feds

Law360, New York (April 23, 2015, 8:57 PM EDT) -- In reversing Barry Bonds' obstruction of justice conviction on Wednesday, the Ninth Circuit sought to rein in federal prosecutors' use of a statute that some legal experts say is dangerously broad.

The court, in a 10-1 judgment, said Bonds had improperly been convicted on the basis of a single, rambling answer during a grand jury investigation into suspected steroid use in Major League Baseball. A concurring opinion signed by five of the judges warned that the obstruction of justice statute was written so broadly as to potentially encompass everyday activities in the legal industry, like advocating for a guilty client or...

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