Barry Bonds Case: How Do You Define Vague?

warren groomerCorrespondent IJanuary 26, 2008

I happened to read an article a few days ago where Barry Bonds' lawyers asked for a dismissal of his indictment on the grounds that the questions asked by the grand jury were vague and confusing.

The article didn't go into what the questions were that might be vague and confusing, and then I got confused thinking about the 'vauge and confusing' aspect of what the lawyers were asking.

As I understand it, 'vague and confusing' refers to both vague and confusing.  They must be a pair.  The question would have to be both 'vague' and 'confusing'. 

What if a question was just vague?  Would that one be allowed?  If a couple of questions were confusing, but didn't necessarily hold any vagueness to them, what is the court to do?

One of the issues expressed by Bonds' attorneys was that a lot of questions were open to broad interpretation, which made things much clearer for me, because the lawyers were really vague about what was confusing. 

Being married, I understand that any question is subject to interpretation, followed by,  "I'm sorry, did you say something?" Since my wife is never vague, I'm sure I must be confused!

"Did you pick up bread?" can easily be interpreted as, "Will you do me as soon as you walk through the door?" 

"When are you going to cut the grass?" sounds an awful lot like, "If I wear the leather outfit..."

I understand how, "Did you knowingly use performance enhancing drugs?" can sound like something all together different.  I'm just not sure what. 

"Did you know your performance would be enhanced by using drugs?"  Maybe, "Have you ever been to a performance while enhanced on drugs?"  Or, how about "Did you know the performance of your drugs would be enhanced if you use a bong?" 

Oh the things that go through one's mind when the tough questions come out!

"Did you ever have any contact with Victor Conte?" might be enough to drive a heterosexual athlete right over the edge.  I was wondering how, "I've never been with another man in my life," got into the transcripts. 

Especially the, "Well, just that one time in the minors.  You get lonely out there and everyone was drinking.  And one thing led to another..."

So, I'm all better now knowing that nothing is plain old 'black and white', and a lot of things, no matter how simple they appear, can be 'vague and confusing'.  

So it must be as simple as this.  Barry Bonds hit more home runs than Hank Aaron. Which raises the Barry Bonds the greatest home run hitter ever?