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Last week, Fainaru-Wada's nine-year-old son said to his father, "Dad, I don't want you to go to jail."
What could Fainaru-Wada say, except, "Sometimes you have to keep your promise no matter what."
So the men whom the President congratulated for their fine work may be going to the slammer for a year and a half for it. Not Bonds, who insisted that the "cream" was an "arthritic rub" and the "clear" was "flaxseed oil."
You want justice? If they are jailed all 18 months they will serve more than four times the sentence of anybody else in the scandal, including Conte, who did only four months.
And they may still be locked up next summer when Bonds—a man who, according to their reporting, may have committed tax fraud and lied to a grand jury—breaks Hank Aaron's home run record.
That, my fellow Americans, will be sickening. "If that happens," says Fainaru-Wada, biting his lip, "if we're sitting in jail when that happens, that won't be a moment I'll take well."
The deadline for Fainaru-Wada and Williams to file with the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals is Nov. 3. Should they lose there, another appeal stage comes after that, then the Supreme Court. At the same time, Senator Arlen Specter (R., Pa.) is trying to get a bill passed that would shield reporters (as 31 states do now) from having to reveal their sources, especially when—in the eyes of a judge—the public's right to know something takes precedence over the harm of concealing a source. Which is the case here, times 10. But the bill looks like it will die, mostly because of opposition from the White House. That figures.
These guys should be getting the Pulitzer, not the pen.
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