If the case against Barry Bonds was as good as everyone says it is, why are the feds scorching the Earth in order to try and get the testimony of someone they’ve know ain’t talking for years?
FBI and IRS agents raided the home of Greg Anderson’s mother-in-law Wednesday in what Anderson’s attorney said was a tactic to ratchet up the pressure on his client to testify for the government in the upcoming Barry Bonds perjury trial. Mark Geragos, Anderson’s attorney, said 20 IRS and FBI agents raided the Redwood City, Calif., home of Madeleine Gestas, the mother of Greg Anderson’s wife . . .
. . . “Monday they faxed a letter, demanding to know whether [Anderson] was going to testify,” said Geragos, adding that last week the government issued a subpoena for Anderson to appear at the trial. “They’re acting like the Gestapo. Even the Mafia spares the women and children.”
“It’s such a blatant and transparent attempt to intimidate Greg,” Geragos said. “It makes you wonder whether you’re living in the Soviet Union.” . . .
. . . The New York Times has reported that prosecutors have been threatening to bring tax-related charges against Gestas. Soon after Bonds was indicted in late 2007, Anderson’s wife, Nicole, received a target letter from federal prosecutors.
Bonds did steroids. I think he probably also lied about it. That doesn’t change the fact that the way in which the feds have handled this case represents a serious misallocation of scarce prosecutorial resources at best, an abuse of prosecutorial power at worst.