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Memo to Ashcroft: Why aren't you pursuing Barry Bonds the way you did Martha Stewart?

Wednesday, Mar 17 2004
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Years later, as part of a crackdown on drugs, police seized the computer of Moser's ex-trainer. An Italian sports official broke the omerta code of silence and said that in 1984 an Italian diplomat had smuggled doped blood that Moser injected. In 1994, computer records showed, the cyclist's trainer gave clients EPO, a red-blood-cell-boosting drug that has also turned up in the U.S. government's investigation of Balco.

It's easy to think that U.S. regulators have been more aggressive than Europeans in pursuing corporate financial fraud, while Europeans have done more about drugs in sports, since Americans care more about money and Europeans, culture.

But that's not true, really. For every person who once wanted to emulate Martha Stewart, 10,000 still daydream of being Barry Bonds.

Our national character will benefit if prosecutors go after Barry Bonds as vigorously as they did Martha Stewart.

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