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Column: Fed Prosecutors Wasting Time Making a Criminal of Barry Bonds

By Sally Jenkins
Washington Post Columnist

Barry Bonds is a lot of things, leading off with obnoxious, but he doesn’t meet my definition of a criminal.

There is a growing school of legal thought that says we have a dangerous tendency to “overcriminalize,” using criminal law to try to solve every single social problem in America. Some things are mistakes and not crimes. And some people are jerks, but not jail-worthy.

Just because Bonds used steroids, and might be unethical or morally blameworthy, doesn’t mean he deserves to be hounded by prosecutors for almost a decade. Criminal law should be reserved for our very worst offenders, and to use it on anyone else doesn’t actually strengthen respect for the law, but weakens it.

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