Friday, January 05, 2007

U.S. Supreme Court Looms Over Barry Bonds Case

It's not difficult to foresee the U.S. Supreme Court weighing in on the Barry Bonds investigation before the end of the 2007 season.

With Eugene Orza, associate general counsel for the Major League Baseball Players Association, poised to seek injunctive relief from the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals as soon as the end of the month if not sooner, the stage is being set for a Supreme Court appeal should the lower court refuse to rule in Orza's favor.

At stake are results of more than 100 supposedly confidential urine samples from players in 2003, which the San Francisco lower court's three-judge panel has ruled admissible in an ongoing grand jury investigation into suspected steroid use by Bonds and other players. Orza will argue before the full court that the samples should remain private and ultimately destroyed.

Once turned down by the lower court, Orza will assemble a team of attorneys to file a writ of certiorari before the Supreme Court, likely positioning the nine U.S. justices to intervene after determining that the matter is of national importance.