Sep 2, 2009, 9:50 AM EST
The federal prosecutors who just got their butts handed to them in the BALCO steroid test seizure case have asked the appeals court to stay the ruling. For those of you who were smart enough to stay the hell away from law school, that means that they want the court to order that no one, including baseball, the lawyers, the lower courts, etc., destroy the steroid test list. They’ve asked for this because, presumably, they plan to appeal to the United States Supreme Court. Or they just want to buy time. Either way, it’s a fairly routine move.
Two questions, though:
1. The feds, generally speaking, don’t like it when courts tell them that they can’t seize anything they want to seize. As it stands now, only one part of the country — the part that lives in the 9th Circuit – is subject to the more restrictive law that came down last week. Do the feds really want to risk having that decision affirmed by the Supreme Court and have it apply to the whole country?
2. How funny would it be if people ignored a stay order issued by the court and started destroying the lists? After the sealing order has been ignored and the names of A-Rod, Ortiz, Sosa and Manny leaked, how could the feds possibly be heard to complain?
We now return you to your regularly-scheduled baseball blogging.
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- Phil Hughes signs a three-year extension with the Twins 21
- The Padres have talked to the Phillies about Cole Hamels 23
- Why is John Smoltz a shoo-in for the Hall of Fame? 62
- Phillies GM told Ryan Howard they’d be better off “not with him but without him” 85
- Trea Turner’s agent is unhappy his client is in limbo after trade to Nationals 48
- Nexen Heroes accept Jung-Ho Kang posting fee from unidentified MLB team 37
- Giants acquire Casey McGehee from the Marlins 16
- Bud Selig will get a $6 million a year pension. Which is obscene. (145)
- The United States will seek to normalize relations with Cuba (144)
- Rays, Padres, Nationals agree to 11-player trade (97)
- Chase Headley signs a four-year deal with the Yankees worth at least $52 million. (95)
- St. Petersburg City Council votes down deal to allow Rays to look for new stadium site (90)