Barry Bonds was convicted on one of four counts of obstruction of justice last year. John Edwards was recently acquitted on one count and the jury could not reach a verdict on the other five counts related to his campaign finance fraud case. And now Roger Clemens walks after he was tried for obstruction and lying to Congress. These cases have reignited concerns that the Department of Justice is wasting its resources on unsubstantiated witch hunts instead of focusing on more grounded and clear-cut matters of justice.
Is the Clemens case an example of federal prosecutors going after high profile people to gain public approval? Are these trials an effective use of taxpayer dollars? Should matters that involve major league baseball be settled by MLB?
Laurie Levenson, Professor of Law, Loyola Law School
Rick Dunham, DC bureau chief, Houston Chronicle