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True But Misleading

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Is making a statement to a grand jury that is literally true but misleading a violation of 18 U.S.C. §1503, obstruction of justice?  The Ninth Circuit so held today in United States v. Barry Bonds, No. 11-10669.

On its face, the statute seems to be about bribing or intimidating jurors and other court officials, not about making false statements, much less about misleading ones.  We have other laws for people who lie in court.  See 18 U.S.C. §§1621-1623.

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Notwithstanding my Dodger fandom, it seems his misleading statement about being a "celebrity child" is a pretty mild (assuming I read this case correctly).

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