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Because Those 58-year-old Ladies Who Owe Back Taxes Can Be Dangerous

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Greg Anderson, who was Barry Bonds' personal trainer, has spent twice as much time in jail–14 months–than the four steroids dealers who were the alleged targets of the U.S. government's original BALCO steroids case. What did Anderson do that was twice as bad? Refuse to testify about his boss in front of a grand jury, where the Fifth Amendment doesn't apply so much.

With Bonds' federal trial for perjury and obstruction coming up next month, and with the overall price tag of the shaming exercise now reaching $55 million, the feds have been cranking up the pressure on Anderson to change his tune. Including, if you believe the New York Daily News, sending 20 federal agents last week into the home of Anderson's mother-in-law.

Federal prosectors have subpoenaed Barry Bonds' former trainer Greg Anderson, and Wednesday they raided the home of his mother-in-law in what appears to be an attempt to rachet up pressure on Anderson to testify in Bonds' upcoming trial for perjury and obstruction of justice charges.

Twenty agents from the FBI and IRS raided the home of Madeleine Gestas, who has been targeted by the feds for financial crimes. She is the mother of Anderson's wife, Nicole. […]

"The day after Greg was released, they sent a target letter to his wife," said [Anderson's attorney Mark] Geragos. "Almost 30 days before the trial, they now execute a search warrant at his mother-in-law's house. This is coming on the heels of a letter they wrote me two days ago, demanding to know whether or not he was contingent to testify. I'm ashamed of my government. Even the mafia spares the women and children. It's nothing more than cheap theatrics and frankly, disgusting tactics. It's blatant intimidation."

Link via Only Baseball Matters.

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  1. Mark Geragos is slime.

    That said, I wish him all the best in this case.

  2. How many FBI agents were sent to the homes of Daschle and Geitner when it was discovered they owed back taxes?

    CHANGE YOU CAN BELIEVE IN!

  3. Let’s keep in mind that even if Mr. Anderson is proved to have given Mr. Bonds steroids…

    NONE OF WHAT HE DID WAS ILLEGAL!!!

    The government is just leaning on Mr. Anderson because they can and they were embarassed at not getting what they wanted.

  4. Wow dude that is some pretty cool stuff man! Well done!

    RT
    http://www.internet-privacy.us.tc

  5. Ugh, I hate following the spambot. Shouln’t President Hopenchange have done something about this by now?

  6. Threatening to jail a guy’s mother-in-law.

    The Feds really know how to turn on the heat.

  7. Once again, the Monopolization of the administration of justice (MOTAOJ) rears its ugly head. If the dispensing of justice was competitive, this shit would not happen.

  8. Threatening to jail a guy’s mother-in-law.

    The Feds really know how to turn on the heat.

    Yeah, this is scary. It’s, like, rogue Hungarian scary…

  9. LM’s starting the bloody-shirt-waving for anarchy early this morning, now with 20% more “begging the question” flavor!

  10. Yeah, this is scary. It’s, like, rogue Hungarian scary…

    Man, that’s a low blow at Hungarians. What did they do to you?

  11. Seriously, WTF?

  12. libertymike,
    We just need the right people in charge of the MOTAOJ!

  13. Can you say…

    Abuse of power…

    Abuse of your tax money…

    Abuse of the law…

    Abuse of human rights…

    As if killing 68 year-old ladies that are dieing, because they decide to self-medicate, with a prescription of marijuana… Another brilliant tactic of our “Nations Protectors”.

    I guess it is easier to catch “Criminals” that can’t move, and are non-violent. You wouldn’t want the DEA to get hurt, trying to protect us from the bad guys. No… They just remove the slow and dumb ones out of the way, so the violent and smart ones can operate more efficiently, and make more money.

    Who is paying who, and at what cost?

  14. That’s gotta be exaggeration, right?

    I mean, I feel worse when puppies are shot, but that’s at least within a few hundred miles of justifiable.

  15. TAO-

    Aren’t you the guy who wrote, “Worst. Super Bowl. Ever.”? That line really does wonders for your credibility. Wither logic and reason?

  16. TAO-

    What should one think about another who characrerizes last night’s game as the “worst super bowl ever”?

  17. Including, if you believe the New York Daily News, sending 20 federal agents last week into the home of Anderson’s mother-in-law.

    So, these geniuses said “If you don’t talk, we’re going to hassle your mother-in-law”? Like that’s an incentive to talk?

  18. I guess the “right people” aren’t in charge of the DOJ yet.
    Side two, last track.

  19. TAO-

    Aren’t you the guy who wrote, “Worst. Super Bowl. Ever.”? That line really does wonders for your credibility. Wither logic and reason?

    TAO-

    What should one think about another who characrerizes last night’s game as the “worst super bowl ever”?

    This is my brother Darrel, and this is my other brother Darrel…

  20. Threatening to jail a guy’s mother-in-law.

    The Feds really know don’t have a clue on how to turn on the heat.

    FIFY. 😉

  21. “So, these geniuses said “If you don’t talk, we’re going to hassle your mother-in-law”? Like that’s an incentive to talk?”

    it’s an incentive to say “hey, you know what else is weird? she keeps buying fertilizer in really large quantities. and she had a bunch of books on explosives and chemistry.”

  22. Perhaps Gestas is guilty of more than just not paying her taxes. If she is not guilty of anything, then she has nothing to worry about.

  23. > Can you say…

    > Abuse of power…
    That is your opinion

    > Abuse of your tax money…
    Bonds is guilty of a serious crime.
    Gestas may be. Let’s see.

    > Abuse of the law…
    trying to enforce the law is more correct.

    > Abuse of human rights…
    You’re a dope, JasonD – a total dope.

    >As if killing 68 year-old ladies that are
    > dieing, because they decide to self-
    > medicate, with a prescription of
    > marijuana… Another brilliant tactic of
    > our “Nations Protectors”.

    huh… what does this have to do with the topic?

    > I guess it is easier to catch “Criminals”
    > that can’t move, and are non-violent. You
    > wouldn’t want the DEA to get hurt, trying to
    > protect us from the bad guys. No… They
    > just remove the slow and dumb ones out of
    > the way, so the violent and smart ones can
    > operate more efficiently, and make more
    > money.

    > Who is paying who, and at what cost?

    we are, as we should. without laws we are all in trouble. Just because Bonds is a hot shot doesn’t mean he can lie before a grand jury.

  24. Just because Bonds is a hot shot doesn’t mean he can lie before a grand jury.

    Nope, that’s reserved for Presidents!

  25. Nope, that’s reserved for Presidents!

    Only if they’re Dems who talk about ‘hope’ alot.

  26. Flipping amazing.

    Thugs, plain and simple.

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