June 19, 2012

The news we have all been breathlessly awaiting for months on end is finally in The Post: “Clemens acquitted of all six charges” [front page, June 19]. Roger Clemens was found not guilty of lying to Congress about his alleged use of steroids at some point in his baseball career, perhaps a decade or more ago. For this, taxpayers had to shell out likely millions of dollars for thousands of hours of investigative work by a reported 90-plus federal agents, lawyers, court staff and all the other cogs in the giant apparatus of U.S. justice.

Even had the verdict gone the other way, the effort seems stunningly outsize and ill-considered.

This debacle serves as conclusive proof that we have terrible policymakers setting federal law-enforcement priorities, as well as too many federal agents with time on their hands.

Allen Caskie, Great Falls