Plea bargains in BALCO case
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| By eyleenn on Thursday, July 14, 2005 - 10:25 pm:|
KTVU is reporting that at least 3 of the defendants will enter plea bargains tomorrow. Victor Conte supposedly will get 4 mos. in jail and 4 mos. home detention.
By doing this, the defendants will not have to testify, and therefore, no one else will be incriminated.
I wonder how much Bonds is paying them.
| By jeffreyb on Thursday, July 14, 2005 - 11:08 pm:|
the President of the United States (you know, the ultimate boss of the folks cutting this plea bargain...) is a former MLB owner. The government doesn't want to prosecute Bonds.
MLB is one of the most corrupt cartels in the world. They have bought their way around Congress for year and years. That's why they are still the only legalized monopoly in the US.
| By simplefan on Friday, July 15, 2005 - 07:57 am:|
Would that be before taxes or after?
| By kevink on Friday, July 15, 2005 - 08:55 am:|
"That's why they are still the only legalized monopoly in the US."
...besides the federal reserve.
| By eyleenn on Friday, July 15, 2005 - 10:24 pm:|
This sucks. Basically, the feds got nothing.
The deal does not require Conte to cooperate with federal authorities or anti-doping officials about drug use by athletes, said his lawyer, Mary McNamara. Anti-doping officials said they viewed that arrangement as a missed opportunity that would diminish the Balco investigation's impact on the fight against doping in sports.
Greg Anderson, the personal trainer of the San Francisco Giants' slugger Barry Bonds, pleaded guilty to the same distribution and laundering charges as Conte and could receive up to six months in prison. He admitted yesterday to distributing steroids to athletes but was not asked in court to name the athletes.
James Valente, the vice president for Balco, pleaded guilty to one count of distributing steroids. Remi Korchemny, a track coach who is also a defendant in the case, did not reach a plea agreement. Lawyers for the four defendants said that their clients had not cooperated with federal authorities and would not do so.
| By rocket on Saturday, July 16, 2005 - 07:30 pm:|
The Balco case was a complete waste of taxpayer
money. The bigger crime was committed by whoever
leaked the grand jury testimony.
The Feds were investigating a money laundering case and tripped over the steroid situation. They got the convictions and jail time they wanted. I suspect that it is similar to other money and illicit prescription drug cases. This was not an illegal drug operation. In any drug case, they usually go after the suppliers and dealers, not the users.
| By jeffreyb on Sunday, July 17, 2005 - 09:09 pm:|
weasel words, frank. For contrast, and a breath of fresh air, read Gwen Knapp today:
great stuff brought up by knapp
and mr bonds wasn't just a user
he was sponsored by them to promote their company and their products
| By simplefan on Monday, July 18, 2005 - 02:24 pm:|
White lies or white powder? Clear or Cream?
Guess we wait and see!