Face it. You don’t need six degrees anymore. In this case, who do you think links Pam Satran, the doyenne of the Montclair writing establishment, with the chemically-enhanced slugger Barry Bonds?
The answer is Lance Williams, the San Francisco Chronicle investigative reporter and co-author of Game of Shadows: Barry Bonds, Balco and the Steroids Scandal that Rocked Professional Sports, who faces a jail sentence for failing to name the source who provided him grand jury transcripts on the Bonds steroid case.
Satran and her husband Dick were friends with Williams in the 1990’s, when they lived in Berkeley and their daughters were best friends.
I’m asking for your help on behalf of a friend of mine, Lance Williams, the San Francisco Chronicle investigative reporter who broke the Barry Bonds steroids scandal and wrote the Times bestseller, Game of Shadows.
Some of you may be aware that Lance and his writing partner are being prosecuted by the government for refusing to name their sources and have already been sentenced to 18 months in prison. Their case is in appeal, but they need the support of their fellow journalists and everyone who believes in freedom of the press.
What can you do? Write to Senator Arlen Specter in support of the shield legislation before Congress.
Following is a letter from Lance detailing what you can do and how to do it; attached is a copy of a letter you can use if you like. If you’d like to know more about Lance’s case and what it means for all of us, go to www.markandlance.org.
I hope you’ll take a moment to support this very important cause.
Rather than reprint that letter in full, we direct you to the markandlance website. We often joke that half of the New York Times staff lives in Montclair. Let’s see just how many of our local ink-stained wretches sign the Mark and Lance online guestbook.
Meanwhile, how do you like ‘dem Mets?