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Of Ballparks and Jail Yards: Pumping Up the War on Steroids
By Richard D. Collins
A federal grand jury is investigating whether Giants slugger Barry Bonds committed perjury in 2003 when he told a grand jury that he never knowingly used anabolic steroids. While the home run king’s ongoing saga plays out in San Francisco, the investigation provoked by rumors of his steroid use has already led to the convictions of others connected to the BALCO scandal and has galvanized influential policymakers in Washington, D.C. Practitioners in the criminal courts should take heed that new developments in federal legislation and tougher criminal sentencing guidelines support law enforcement statements announcing a dramatic escalation in the government’s resolve to prosecute and imprison anabolic steroid offenders.
Bonds, Baseball and BALCO
In February 2004, the nation’s top lawman, Attorney General John Ashcroft, arranged a press conference and announced the steroid-related indictment of four men in San Francisco. Barry Bonds was reportedly the impetus for the underlying investigatio
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