The opinion by the Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit stated that federal investigators clearly overstepped their bounds when, acting on information received in their probe of the Bay Area Laboratory Co-operative's steroid dealings, they executed a search warrant at the offices of Comprehensive Drug Testing in Long Beach, California, and seized a list containing names of over 100 baseball players (and many others) who had tested positive for steroids.
The investigators apparently used the information gleaned from the list to further their investigations into people well beyond the ten listed in the search warrant.
Players like Alex Rodriguez and David Ortiz have already seen their names leaked from the CDT list, and obviously there is no way to undo that. And other players on the list may not be out of the woods either, because while the likelihood of a criminal prosecution now drops to near zero, additional leaks of names from the list are not any less likely.
- Court on Seizing MLB Players' Names: "Oh....You Shouldn't Have!" (FindLaw's CourtSide)
- Appeals court bars feds from using pro baseball players' steroids test results (San Jose Mercury News)
- Feds improperly seized players' steroid records (San Francisco Chronicle)