Savanadry - 1:38 pm on Aug 4, 2013 (gmt 0)
Well I don't see how an ordinary (dofollow) href link could pass a penalty, because it would make it very easy for competitors to sabotage your rankings. They could just buy a penalized site and add a lot of links to your site.
Have you been living under a rock? This is exactly what some people have been moaning about recently. You don't even have to buy a penalised site, you can buy 'SEO' packages that will wreck a competitors rankings extremely cheaply.