Thursday, September 22, 2005

Congressional Investigators Broaden The Investigation of Palmeiro's Steroid Use

The congressional investigation into whether (former?) Baltimore Orioles player Rafael Palmeiro committed perjury this past March when he denied ever using steroids -- only to be caught using them by baseball's new testing program a few months later -- has expanded to include interviews with current major league players who may have information about Palmeiro's steroid use.  According to an AP story (here), investigators on behalf of the House Government Reform Committee are interviewing players who may have information about Palmeiro, including Jorge Piedra, a member of the Colorado Rockies who was also suspended this year when he tested positive for steroids.  While the Committee has access to Palmeiro's drug tests, it will be hard to show from that information alone that Palmeiro took steroids before he testified.  While it may be absurd to think a player would state on national television that he "never" took steroids, and then begin taking them for the first time shortly thereafter when there was a testing program in place, perjury cases are not made on imbecility but proof that the person's statement was false.  The government will have to "put" the steroids in Palmeiro's hands if it wants to win a perjury prosecution, and that may be a very tall order. (ph)

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