Mill and The Barry Bonds Perjury Case
Barry Bonds was an all-star for the San Francisco Giants. Bonds hit 762 home runs in his great career, more than anyone in the history of baseball. Barry Bonds was always questioned and disliked due to his shady past with steroid usage. In 2003 Barry Bonds was in front of a federal grand jury and said that he knew nothing about getting steroids from anyone but his doctor. He is now being accused of knowingly lying to a grand jury, and is being charged with perjury. As we progress through the Bonds trial, many traits of John Mill’s work appears to be present.
From Burke, to Machiavelli, to Socrates, it seems that John Mill and his ideas are most applicable to today’s society. His strides in feminism and works on bringing out the truth are things that most people still agree upon. As for the Barry Bonds case, the panel failed to agree upon a verdict Monday. “The eight women and four men on the jury heard 25 prosecution witnesses over two weeks, but the defense rested last week without calling a witness.” (CNN) The jurors have definitely received their fair share of testimonies from the prosecutors. According to Mill, regardless of whether the testimonies are correct or not, they should listen to them all. This is because no one is ever absolutely certain on something. (Mill 601) Thus far the jurors seem to be doing the right thing and hearing everyone. They aren’t saying that these are a false, but they are giving them a chance in case they might end up being the deciding factors in the this case.
When Bonds was questioned about the case, he told the grand jury that he thought he was being given flaxseed oil. As referenced above, Mill would want the jurors to take this as a possible truth as well. What the jurors need to do is continually discuss the situation, where the truth should eventually appear. They must be patient with the progress avoiding early assumptions, and staying open to anything stated. Later in Mill’s text, he goes on to say that one is aware of nothing until opinions are heard. Without the opinions of others, that person is considered clueless on the situation (Mill 609). The jury has already correctly done this task, as they have heard from 25 witnesses. They seem to have a good understanding in the case, and this would satisfy Mill.
The trial has been going on for over a month now, and is set to last longer as the jurors continue to discuss their final verdict. They may never know the absolute truth, but through the rules of Mill they should come across a fairly accurate and reasonable finale. John Mill has seemed to add many great attributes to our world. Let’s hope that his influence has accurately solved many court cases, as well as many more to come. Bonds and his mishap with steroids in the past may never go unnoticed, but hopefully it will be resolved in a fair manner that has little negative effects.