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...
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