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October 19, 2005

BALCO defendants sentenced

With a hat tip to the White Collar Crime Prof Blog, here is the SI/AP account of the sentencing Tuesday of various defendants in the BALCO steroids case, including BALCO head Victor Conte.  The sentences were all light as a result of plea deals; Conte received the longest sentence of four months in prison and four months' home confinement. 

Were I the sentencing judge, I would have also ordered Conte to write notes of apology to every baseball fan like me who is disappointed that steroids ruined the specialness of hitting 50 home runs in one season.

UPDATE:  This USA Today article asks "Was BALCO probe worth all the time, money and trouble?" and has a lot of interesting quotes and comments about the plea deals and sentences.

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Incredibly light sentence when considering the high profile case, people, and expense involved. I am shocked at the reduction of prison time for such a case. Recently, a lawyer got 37 monts here for similar charges, but the underlying conduct was nowhere near the magnitude. Disparate sentencing still exists.

Posted by: George | Oct 19, 2005 10:36:48 AM

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