Chronicles Of Liberty
Right now there's a guy sitting in a jail in California. Why? Because there's a second dude who the government thinks may have lied about obtaining prescription drugs in a manner contrary to the law, and the first guy, whatever his reasons are, is declining to assist the government in proving it.
Clearly this fellow does not understand that The Law Is The Law. If someone else may have broken The Law, or lied about breaking The Law, you had better goddamned well answer questions about it -- regardless of whether that law is to protect people from being harmed by others, or mainly exists to Send The Right Message To KidsTM.
Fortunately, there is a courageous judge who is reluctantly willing to use a last resort to make this clear:
"Sometimes sitting in the cooler for a long time may have a therapeutic effect and may change his mind," U.S. District Judge William Alsup said Monday, suggesting Anderson could remain behind bars for as long as 16 months -- the remainder of the grand jury's term.
[...]Alsup told Mark Geragos, the trainer's attorney, that jailing Anderson might test "how loyal your client wants to be."
Thank you, you brave man.
And yeah, I'm being sarcastic. We all know Barry Bonds is a big fat jerk, and Greg Anderson might be an even bigger one for all I know. But prison? For 16 months? Remember, the heinous alleged transgression at the root of all this is Barry Bonds using anabolic steroids without a prescription to extend an extremely lucrative career.
I personally don't even find that immoral, though your mileage may vary. If MLB and their PA decided that Bonds needed to be banned from baseball, I'd suspect a witchhunt/PR move, but they can run their business however they please. But 16 months of prison? That, folks, is what Matt Welch referred to as "the zillion-pound shithammer of the federal government".
If you think Barry Bonds should be banned from baseball and stricken from the records, and you hope he loses all his money in a Nigerian bank scam and his testicles shrink to the size of sunflower seeds, fine. I don't, but I don't even feel strongly enough about it to give you a sustained argument. But if you're one of these people who thinks he belongs in jail, then I seriously think you're kind of a monster.