A federal appeals court Wednesday overturned Barry Bonds’ felony conviction for obstructing justice, a development that could help the former San Francisco Giants slugger win a place in baseball’s Hall of Fame.
“Making everyone who participates in our justice system a potential criminal defendant for conduct that is nothing more than the ordinary tug and pull of litigation risks chilling zealous advocacy,” Judge Alex Kozinski wrote in a concurring opinion, signed by four other judges. “It also gives prosecutors the immense and unreviewable power to reward friends and punish enemies by prosecuting the latter and giving the former a pass.”
I’m writing this in haste, on my coffee break at work, so I haven’t had time to digest this. Possibly more later.