Blind Justice?: Barry Bonds, O.J. Simpson, and Biased Prosecutors

John FalcettaSenior Analyst INovember 17, 2007

IconThe Federal Government has finally indicted Barry Bonds on perjury and obstruction of justice charges.

Now we can all sleep easier at night.

The persecution of Bonds will make America stronger. It will lower our taxes, make our kids smarter, and secure our borders.

Actually, it won't do any of those things.

But that's what prosecutors would have you believe.

The fact that the government has spent five years and tens of millions of dollars pursuing a perjury case should outrage every American taxpayer.

Barry Bonds isn't a sympathetic figure, but when did he become Al Capone? More to the point, why go after the user harder than the pushers?

Not that I have any time for people who play the race card here. Charles Barkley tried already—and failed miserably.

Barkley implied that Jason Giambi wasn't prosecuted because he's white—forgetting that Giambi told the truth to the grand jury.

My only question is why a guy like Gary Sheffield WASN'T indicted. Everyone from the Steroid Era should go down—not just the high-profile "Bad Guys."

The problem, of course, is prosecutorial bias. The Feds didn't like Bonds, so Bonds was the one to take the fall.

Which brings me to O.J. Simpson.

The case against O.J. stinks to high heaven. Period.

People say the Juice deserves whatever he gets because he got away with murder 12 years ago. Get serious.

Imagine you're accused of a crime and found not guilty. Then, 13 years later, you get caught up in a case with a pack of convicted felons and known liars testifying against you—all in an effort to put you away at any cost.

Doesn't quite seem fair does it?

We're supposed to have rights in America. The fact that a man can be railroaded to jail on false charge simply because he's been exonerated by the judicial system in the past strikes me as pretty un-American.

If Marcia Clark had done her job better 12 years ago, all this would be moot. Instead she's reporting on the case and cashing in on her 15 minutes.

Barry Bonds and O.J. Simpson aren't Boy Scouts—but they at least deserve equal treatment under the law.

The original BALCO investigators have themselves admitted that the case was spurred by their hatred of Bonds. O.J. is clearly facing revenge for having beaten the rap.

All bets are off the table when the legal system becomes a forum for personal grudges. Who's next? Maybe you, maybe me.

Just Joe Francis—but that's another story altogether.