Game of Shadows: Barry Bonds, BALCO, and the Steroids Scandal that Rocked Professional SportsLance Williams and Mark Fainaru-Wada, the authors of Game of Shadows, have been ordered by U.S. District Judge Jeffrey White to reveal who leaked Barry Bonds’ (and others) grand jury testimony to them. They have won the right to appeal that decision before going to jail to keep their source a secret.

In his order, White said his hands were tied by a 1972 Supreme Court precedent that said no one, journalists included, was above the law and may refuse to testify before a federal grand jury.

The case is United States v. Fainaru-Wada, 06-90225.

I do not know enough about this specific situation to really take sides. Whoever did leak that information deserves to be tried, but I respect Lance Williams and Mark Fainaru-Wada right to protect their sources. I am curious what the appeals court is going to decide.