Punishment for "leakers"

As of last night, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that federal agents were wrong for seizing the infamous drug list and samples of the 104 Major League Baseball players who allegedly tested positive for performance-enhancing drugs in 2003.

The list in question had the names of Barry Bonds, Alex Rodriguez, David Ortiz, Manny Ramirez, and Sammy Sosa to name a few. This we know. However with this ruling, it's being said the warrant served by the government was only to obtain the records of the 10 players who were connected with the BALCO scandal which implicated Barry Bonds, Marion Jones, Jason Giambi, and Bill Romanowski just to name a few.

A-Rod, Big Papi, Manny, and Sammy are guilty bystanders whose records were "leaked" by officials to the press and shouldn't have been tampered with in the first place.

Knowing this leads me to ask a few questions:

A. How do we punish the government for overstepping its bounds and what kind should they receive for illegal tampering?
2. Should the above bystanders seek retribution for having their business leaked out over the newswire?
F. Is there enough punishment in society for the damage done to these players' reputation?

We know A-Rod and Co. weren't named in the Mitchell Report so the finger pointing should have stopped there but it didn't and names are still trickling from the fallout of the BALCO Scandal.

We also know the PEDs scandal won't end but the 9th court may have ceased it with this ruing.

Last Question: If another name comes out or is "leaked", does it have to be a huge, larger-than-life name in order for us to be interested?


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