Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Will President Obama Pardon Barry Bonds?

"Barry Bonds has been a remarkable baseball player and I honor his achievements"Barack Obama.

After a 12 day trial and 4 days of jury deliberation, 46-year old Barry Bonds, the all-time home run king of Major League Baseball, has been convicted of obstruction of justice. The New York Times reports that his sentence could be up to 10 years in length, "although he is not expected to receive anywhere near that length of prison time, if any."

So, it seems like it is time for bloggers world-wide and, yes, eventually, even the most respectable newspapers and television networks to start asking the burning question: "Will President Obama pardon Barry Bonds?"

After all, this is the sort of thing we were all treated to the very instant any one got into trouble during the administration of George W. Bush. Remember how a Scooter Libby pardon was a sure bet? Remember the serious speculation re a pardon for Ted Stevens? Lets see, and then there was Ken Lay and Jeff Skilling, Michael Milken, "Duke" Cunningham and Larry Craig. How about the chatter about a possible presidential pardon for Hall of Fame pitcher Roger Clemens who, at the time, was not even formally charged with anything, much less convicted?

Why one would have the general impression that George Bush was the greatest pal a criminal could ever have! One would have never guessed he was among the most stingy presidents in history, when it came to granting pardons!

Where on earth has all of the time and energy for this kind of fun gone??? We miss it so! See Washington Post story here. See New York Times story here.

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