Here, a few thoughts on the Special Counsel, the President and obstruction of justice: Jack Sharman – MSNBC – The 11th Hour with Brian Williams (Dec. 4, 2017) from LFW on Vimeo. For earlier discussions about obstruction charges (and avoiding them), see the notes below that manage to combine Mr. Rogers and Barry Bonds. and .
The federal appeals court in San Francisco recently reversed baseball player Barry Bonds’s conviction for obstruction of justice. The criminal charge and conviction arose out of testimony that Bonds gave to a grand jury investigating the illegal provision and use of steroids in major league baseball. As the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals summarized it: During a grand jury proceeding, defendant gave a rambling, nonresponsive answer to a simple question. Because there is insufficient evidence that Statement C was material, defendant’s conviction for obstruction of justice in violation of 18 U.S.C. 1503 is not supported by the record. Whatever section 1503’s scope may be in other circumstances, defendant’s conviction here must…