POLL: Was Prosecuting Bonds Really Worth it?

Patch wants to know if you believe the government exercised reasonable discretion in spending $55 million prosecuting the home run king.

So a federal judge on Friday sentenced home run king Barry Bonds to 30 days in a Beverly Hills mansion and two years of probation for offering evasive testimony before a grand jury in a federal steroids probe. 

Oh, and Bonds was also fined $4,000 and was ordered to serve 250 hours of community service.

And all of that is pending the Serra alum’s appeal of his April conviction on obstruction of justice charges.

We all have our opinions about whether Bonds got a light sentence or was unfairly targeted by prosecutors.

But now that this ordeal is finally over, it’s worth asking whether prosecutors exercised reasonable discretion in pursuing this case as zealously as they did.

The Bonds prosecution cost taxpayers big bucks – an estimated $55 million according to one estimate.

Are you cool with that?

Patch wants to know if you think there are more worthwhile things our government could have spent this kind of money on than prosecuting Bonds.

Please tell us in our comments section if you can think of any better uses of taxpayer money.

slimden54 December 17, 2011 at 04:50 PM
Ridiculous, this was a trial meant to discredit one of the greatest athletes of our time. Why was Barry the only one prosecuted,when so many lied.
Lois G. Owens December 18, 2011 at 12:29 AM
Taxpayer money could have been spent on education, not a frivolous suit because the government "thinks" someone lied. How ridiculous!!!
Lenny Vagt December 18, 2011 at 02:02 AM
What a WASTE of Taxpayer's dollars. We had a hard-up Prosecutor who hated Barry because he wouldn't answer his questions the way he wanted to. All of the charges came down to one. He was never found guilty of taking Roids or PED's. $55M when it could of been used for the schools or the needy. Barry is still the best Power Hitter in my Lifetime of 59 years. You still need the hand,Eye and Bat Co-ordination to hit the Ball like Barry did.


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