So Marion Jones finally tells all, loses a $25M suit to that scum bag Victor Conte, gets stripped of her records, her medals and her dignity, and is this enough to satisfy someone’s need to punish her? Oh no. In addition to all of that she gets a trip to the hoosgow. For 6 months!
Her sentence was for lying under oath – just like Martha Stewart.
Does obstruction of justice land everyone in jail? Well Libby was sentenced to 30 months but had his sentence commuted by W. Bernard Law, a catholic Bishop who actively covered up sexual abuse of children has not gone to jail. Tim Finneran, former speaker of the House in Mass traded a perjury charge for obstruction of justice – and no jail time.
This isn’t to say others don’t go to jail for obstruction of justice but there is precedent for not sending someone to jail on that charge so you have to wonder why Marion Jones who was ultimatly cooperative and who is the mother of 2 young children including a 7 month old baby she’s still nursing is being sent up the river.
According to the Judge:
Karas turned aside her appeal for leniency, saying that, at her plea hearing in October, she failed to fully admit that she used banned substances.
Well whoop dee do…. this makes her a danger to society? He also has put her on 2 years probation and sentenced her to 800 hours of community service. That isn’t punishment enough?
She is the first one to be sent to jail as part of this anti-steroid sting.
At today’s hearing, the judge said Jones’ sentence should serve as a warning to other athletes.
“There’s a very strong inference that would make other athletes think twice before lying,” Karas said. “Nobody is above the obligation to tell the truth.”
Do you think Barry Bonds will ever go to jail or even be stripped of his record? I’m doubthful and his getting away with it because we have such a deep national love of baseball (and by “we” I mean “the rest of you”) will make the bitter taste in my mouth last all that much longer. I just hope I’m wrong.