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Steroid lawsuits

Thank goodness for Dale Murphy and his views about steroids use by athletes, as reported in your sports pages ("Dale Murphy set Pete Rose free," June 27).

He's right that the federal prosecutors who went after Roger Clemens and Barry Bonds were chiefly grandstanding, as were the congressional committees that held hearings on them. Surely Congress and the prosecutors have much more important matters to look into.

Millions have been wasted in this witch hunt. When the use of steroids broke no law, Congress staffers developed the strategy of questioning the athletes under oath so they could be prosecuted for perjury if they denied use. The jury did just what was best with the Clemens case. They threw the matter back in the face of all the headline grabbers and the Bonds and Clemens bashers — just what they deserved.

Edwin H. Beus