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Feds to get MLB steroid test results

Discussion in 'Sports and News' started by 21, Dec 27, 2006.

  1. 21

    21 Well-Known Member

    More than 100 players who tested positive in 2003 are about to become part of the government's case....


  2. spnited

    spnited Active Member

    Don't you think the MLBPA is going to appeal this one all the way to the Supreme Court if necessary?
  3. 21

    21 Well-Known Member

    Sure they will....but even if the ruling is overturned, wouldn't you bet the names will get out anyway?
  4. The Big Ragu

    The Big Ragu Moderator Staff Member

    I'm actually surprised that nothing nothing very definitive ever leaked from those tests. Between the different layers and the fact that all of the players who came up positive were informed, the info passed through enough hands to where there might have been some leaks.

    I'm not sure how I feel about the Feds being able to use this info. If Bonds flat out lied in front of a grand jury, it's OK by me if they slap him around for it. But something doesn't seem right about the Feds being able to raid the lab, take the results and then use them against the players, who took part in that test voluntarily and with the understanding that the results would be confidential.
  5. Flying Headbutt

    Flying Headbutt Moderator Staff Member

    Of course none of that would be a problem if those players hadn't, ahem, violated the law by buying and using steroids that are otherwise illegal for those of us not fortunate enough to have a professional baseball contract.
  6. slappy4428

    slappy4428 Active Member

    Thank you...

    The deal the union made was with MLB not the federal government...
  7. 2muchcoffeeman

    2muchcoffeeman Well-Known Member

    I don't know that it would stand up to SCOTUS review --- it seems like it exceeds the terms of the search warrant, so the information should have been thrown out. Really surprised that the 9th CCA ruled this way --- it's usually the most liberal of the federal circuits and thus the most likely to exclude evidence like this.
  8. cranberry

    cranberry Well-Known Member

    Agree. The seizure was far, far too broad if merited at all. The government is assaulting the 4th Amendment and much of the public (as well an ignorant minority in the press I'm afraid) is OK with it on because the victims in this case are just a bunch of steroid-taking baseball players.

    This is from the AP story:

    However, federal investigators demanded to see the 2003 test results for Bonds, Gary Sheffield, who was recently traded by the New York Yankees, the Yankees' Jason Giambi, and seven other players.

    When they raided the testing labs for those 10 results, investigators also seized computer files containing the test results of nearly 100 other players not named in the government's subpoena and warrants.

    Here's what Fehr said:

    "Under a search warrant seeking information about only 11 baseball players, confidential records for every player were seized, along with confidential records of thousands of other people with no connection to baseball, including many with no connection to sports. The government seeks to retain all of this private information about thousands of people who were not the subject of any criminal inquiry.

    "In his dissent, Judge Thomas said that under this ruling 'no laboratory, hospital or health care facility could guarantee the confidentiality of records.' That is something which should be of serious concern to all Americans.
  9. Flying Headbutt

    Flying Headbutt Moderator Staff Member

    The players union is trying to keep information about illegal activity covered up. If players didn't want to get caught they shouldn't have voluntarily tested. Dumb fucks.
  10. Armchair_QB

    Armchair_QB Well-Known Member

    Bullshit. If the Feds raided a lab for files on 11 guys at Home Depot and carted off records for 300 other people all hell would break loose. The first judge who heard the case would order the return of the records not covered in the search warrant.

    Funny how people want athletes treated like everybody else right up until there's a chance to smear somebody.
  11. Flying Headbutt

    Flying Headbutt Moderator Staff Member

    Yeah, because athletes get treated like everyone else all the time. Allllllllll the time.

    And is it know that the 300 other people at Home Depot have evidence of criminal activity in those files? If so, it's fair game.
  12. cranberry

    cranberry Well-Known Member

    So you're OK with the government seizing files on mass groups of people without any reason? Just wondering, because that's what it sounds like you're saying here.
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