Morality standards are on trial in two high profile cases. Did Barry Bonds knowingly use banned substances and then lie to a grand jury in 2003? Did a group of baseball players from DeAnza College rape an under aged female during a house party in 2007?
It would appear that word definitions will be tested to the limit in both highly charged cases; define what you mean by “knowingly” and at what point does “consensual sex” become “rape”; without a shadow of a doubt and to a moral certainty?
Bonds has been the focal point of investigation by the government at a cost of millions of dollars. It would not be unfair to assume that the feds’ investment to gain a conviction could backfire in this trial, are they out to “get” Barry or are they really concerned with justice?
The only poor soul who has been paying for the alleged indiscretions is Bond’s long time friend and trainer Greg Anderson who quickly went again to jail for refusing to testify. You would need to give kudos to Anderson for loyalty if nothing else; but is the truth being served?http://hardballtalk.nbcsports.com/2011/03/22/greg-anderson-goes-back-to-jail/
Untangling the mess in the DeAnza sexual assault case and finding the truth will be a huge undertaking. Everything that can be construed as “morally wrong” will be tested in this case. Six of the accused have already settled with the young woman. Three members of the DeAnza baseball team are being tried in a civil trial.http://www.mercurynews.com/crime-courts/ci_17108063?source=most_viewed&click_check=1
Sordid details are being articulated from both sides. The defense claims that the young girl “was asking for it” by consuming alcohol, dressing provocatively as a “playboy bunny” and making suggestive physical contact with several males before the bedroom attack. The behavior is hardly a testament to an all-American girl; but nevertheless not worthy of being sexually abused.
The prosecution case hangs on the assumption that she was taken advantaged of by a group of males that forced her to commit various sexual acts while she was intoxicated. Allegedly a similar incident occurred in the same house with the same group with another unfortunate female. It remains to be seen if this was a pattern or a one time incident.
In this unfortunate DeAnza case, there is plenty of unacceptable behavior going around; from alcohol being provided to a provocative acting under-aged girl who has lied numerous time regarding the incident, to the males making a poor decision to engage in group sex with a minor; still worthy of statutory rape charges. It matters not that the sex was consentual.
This is not the action you would wish on your sister. It hardly matters if the truth comes out due to the overall lack of ethics displayed by both the female and males. The burden of proof in a civil trial is far less, which explains the lack of criminal prosecution. The defendants are already in a no win scenario, either way payment will be made.
Regarding Bonds and BALCO, the real truth is most people don’t really care. It would seem to matter to Barry who has already been tainted by the incident….experts claim even if convicted Bonds won’t see jail time. It matters to Anderson who will be released from jail once the trial is over, and it matters to the government who is pressing for something of substance to happen after years of investigation.
One certainly hopes it was worth it, but most think not.