Baseball drug list of 2003. A federal appeals court ruled Wednesday that federal agents should not have seized the drug list of over 100 MLB players who had allegedly tested positive for performance enhancing drugs in 2003. Read more about the story below.
The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals voted 9-2 Wednesday and ruled that the investigators should not have seized the 100+ MLB players drug list when they only had a warrant to seize 10 of the tests.
David Ortiz and Alex Rodriguez were outed and confirmed on the infamous list, and reports of Manny Ramirez and Sammy Sosa appearing on the list had surfaced but not confirmed.
The full drug list was seized in April of 2004, during the BALCO investigation of Barry Bonds and other MLB players. The government argued that “the law allowed the seizure because the records were in plain view of investigators.”
Chief Judge Alex Kozinski said:
“This was an obvious case of deliberate overreaching by the government in an effort to seize data as to which it lacked probable cause.”
This is a huge victory for the players union, after having been embroiled in a five year legal fight to get the government to return what the feds had taken during their raids. The players association has vowed that anyone who leaks information regarding the drug list test results will be punished.