DOJ Ends Bonds Prosecution but Obstruction Statute Issues Live On

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Law360, New York (July 21, 2015, 9:58 PM ET) -- Bringing the nearly decade-long obstruction of justice case against former slugger Barry Bonds to a close, prosecutors said Tuesday they would not challenge the Ninth Circuit's decision to overturn the conviction, but the message has been sent that no individual athlete is out of the government's reach.

"What I think this may reflect is that however the Department of Justice feels about the statute, they may have concluded that this isn't the right case to test it in front of the Supreme Court," Camp, who is a former federal prosecutor, said. "I think the case was a bit of an overreach to begin with, and I think they probably wanted to live to fight another day on the scope of the statute, at least in other circuits."

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