BALCO Search Warrant Case: Relief for Major League Baseball Players May Just be the Beginning of Problems for Prosecutors


The United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit recently issued an en banc

opinion in United States v. Comprehensive Drug Testing, Inc., No. 05-10067 (9th Cir., August

26, 2009), affirming a series of lower court rulings granting motions for the return of

seized property. The motions, which were filed by Comprehensive Drug Testing, Inc., a

testing lab, and the Major League Baseball Players Association, attacked search warrants

that were issued as part of the government’s high-profile investigation into alleged

steroid use by professional athletes.

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