Home Run King Barry Bonds Found Guilty of Obstruction

After nearly eight years, a verdict was reached in the steroids trial of Barry Bonds and it was... obstruction of justice. A jury found that in 2003, Bonds lied to a grand jury about using steroids, but they failed to reach a verdict on three other counts leveled against the baseball Hall of Famer. As ESPN's Jason Stark quipped, 'So let's get this straight. The only thing we've learned about Barry Bonds is that he was evasive? The government could have assembled a panel of distinguished baseball writers to convict him on that charge like 15 years ago.'

The trial cost taxpayers around $6 million.

The Atlantic interviewed Victor Conte, the mastermind behind the BALCO scandal that distributed steroids to professional sports players, and posed a relevant, interesting question. "I did bad things. I deserved to be punished. And I was. But at what point do you realize there are better uses of federal taxpayer dollars? Is it worth it? At the end of the day, what did they really get?"

Federal prosecutors are expected to go after Robert Clemens and Lance Armstrong next.


AlterNet / By Julianne Escobedo Shepherd

Posted at April 14, 2011, 4:36am