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Monday, February 16, 2009
Great moments in prosecutorial discretionMiguel Tejada should have gone to law school:
A recently released report from DOJ's Inspector General found that Acting Assistant Attorney General Bradley Schlozman gave false testimony to the Senate Judiciary Committee (both in his oral testimony and in written supplemental testimony) regarding his partisan misuse of his office and his violations of the Civil Service Reform Act.
Baseball players and ordinary citizens lie. Lawyers and politicians make misstatements of fact which they later regret. Totally different things, you understand.
(Thanks to Ron Rollins for the heads up)
Posted by Craig Calcaterra at 1:45pm
The Common Man said...
Craig, is Schlozman in any additional legal trouble because of his actions? Would that be a mitigating factor in this prosecution (as in, well someone else is already going to make sure he pays for what he did, we won’t waste resources piling on) or does this look strictly like a publicity thing (Schlozman’s not a sexy target)?
Posted 02/16 at 03:07 PM
Pete Toms said...
This guy raises a good point which I’ve seen argued elsewhere.
“Given its track record, I don’t hold out much hope for the current leadership of major league baseball to take aggressive and effective steps to clean up the steroid scandal and those implicated in it. After all, the game has essentially operated without an effective and independent Commissioner for over a decade and the steroid scandal goes on and on, doing great damage to our national pastime.”
The key part being the “independent Commissioner”. Don’t know how realistic this POV is though. Indisputably, Selig’s only interests are the owners. Vincent & Giamatti saw the role of the Commissioner differently but they were ineffective. Like I always say, Selig unified the owners which has led to sustained labor peace. His predecessors likely had loftier and nobler goals but they couldn’t keep the players on the field…
Posted 02/16 at 03:10 PM