Would That Make Him a Genetically Modified Ham Sandwich?

After federal prosecutors let it be known that a grand jury would not be indicting Barry Bonds today, the slugger's lawyer, Michael Rains, held a news conference, at which he announced it was a good day for his client." They don't even have enough to indict a ham sandwich, much less Barry Bonds."

An odd reference at first glance, but ham sandwiches and grand juries actually go way back together. In 1985, Sol Wachtler, former chief judge of New York's court of appeals, told the Daily News that prosecutors have so much sway over grand juries they could get them to "indict a ham sandwich." The saying has been a staple for legal pundits ever since.

But just because Bonds didn't get the ham sandwich treatment today, doesn't mean he's out of his beef yet. A new grand jury will continue to investigate whether Bonds lied under oath when he said he never knowingly took steroids.

Uri Berliner

Senior Editor

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Uri Berliner 2010
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As Senior Editor at NPR, Uri Berliner oversees coverage of business and the economy. He has supervised and edited much of NPR's work on the financial crisis, the auto industry, energy and the workplace. Berliner has helped to build Planet Money, a prize-winnng multimedia team that covers the global economy.

Until recently, Berliner also edited NPR's sports coverage and was part of a team that won an Edward R. Murrow award for reporting on the 2008 Olympics in Beijing.

Berliner came to NPR in 1999 from California, where he worked as a reporter for 12 years at daily newspapers in San Diego and Santa Barbara. At the San Diego Union-Tribune, he covered wildfires, street gangs, the border and military issues before becoming the paper's economics correspondent. His feature writing and investigative reporting earned several awards.

In 1998, Berliner was a Nieman Fellow at Harvard University, where he studied business, history and economics. The following year he moved to Washington, D.C.

Originally from New York City, Berliner received his undergraduate degree from Sarah Lawrence College, and went on to receive his Master's degree in journalism from Columbia University.

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