Two completely separate news events happened today. Yet in my crazy and twisted mind, they are both related.
Following an eight-year investigation into perjury and obstruction of justice charges, Barry Bonds was sentenced to 30 days house arrest, two years of probation, 250 hours of community service, and a $4,000 fine.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Matthew Parrella called the sentence a "slap on the wrist" and the fine "almost laughable".
Parrella argued that home confinement wasn't punishment enough "for a man with a 15,000-square-foot house with all the advantages."
So that's the going rate for lying to the federal government these days? Even better, Bonds has appealed the decision. He avoided jail time, but still wants to drag out the legal mess via appeals.
I don't get it...
Also today, we have the go-ahead for a perjury trial for Penn State Athletic Director Tim Curley and former vice-president Gary Schultz, who oversaw the university police department.
Here's what I want to know. Seeing how Bonds basically got away with no punishment for lying to the grand jury, why don't Curley and Schultz just cop a plea bargain, pay their fine and stay at home for a month? Seems to me the end result is going to be the same. They have a lot of money and will find a way to avoid jail time while the state chases the real criminal in this case: Jerry Sandusky.
Was the punishment fair enough for Barry Bonds?
It would save the government some taxpayer money and would keep my Twitter feed clear from all of the same people reporting the same exact details of the trial word for word. Newsflash: I don't need to know every detail that was said in court. Just write a nice article and tweet it when you're done.
I'm not trying to say that Curley and Schultz shouldn't face consequences for their actions, but it would be rather laughable if they served jail time when Bonds committed the same crime and avoids the slammer.
I'm sure Roger Clemens will get the same luxury treatment when his day in court comes. Sports stars and celebrities always get away with things us mere peasants would not.
Prosecutors spent eight years trying to send Barry Bonds to jail, but in the end he only has to stay at home in his lavish mansion for a month...some punishment.
My god, do we live in a messed up society.
What kind of message does this send to people who would lie to a grand jury? Apparently, all you will get is a slap on the wrist. No big deal. How about the punishment fit the crime every once in a while? Plaxico Burress spent time in jail for shooting HIMSELF! He didn't even harm anyone else.
If I'm Curley and Schultz's legal team, I'm pointing to this decision on Bonds today and asking why even bother with the charade of a trial, it's just wasting everyone's time. I guess it does fill the gaps in between Jerry Sandusky's lawyer offering up a bunch of BS.
I guess I'm just used to the government wasting our time and money, but that's an article for another day.
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