Wednesday, April 22, 2015


Amazing nugget that just came out about Barry Bonds.  It's a straight news story and so, I'll give you the Associated Press report:

"...Bonds' obstruction of justice conviction was reversed Wednesday by the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, which ruled his meandering answer before a grand jury in 2003 was not material to the government's investigation into steroids distribution.

Bonds, baseball's career home runs leader, was indicted in 2007 for his testimony four years earlier before the grand jury investigating the illegal distribution of performance-enhancing drugs by the Bay Area Laboratory Co-Operative.

Following a trial that opened in March 2011, a jury deadlocked on three counts charging Bonds with making false statements when he denied receiving steroids and human growth hormone from trainer Greg Anderson and denied receiving injections from Anderson or his associates.

Bonds was convicted for his response when he was asked whether Anderson ever gave him 'anything that required a syringe to inject yourself with.'

... Bonds was sentenced in 2011 by U.S. District Judge Susan Illston to 30 days of home confinement, two years of probation, 250 hours of community service in youth-related activities and a $4,000 fine. He already has served the home confinement.

Illston declared a mistrial on the three other counts, and the U.S. attorney's office in San Francisco dismissed those charges in August 2011.

A three-judge panel of the 9th Circuit upheld the conviction in a unanimous vote in 2013, but a majority of the court's 28 participating judges voted to have an 11-judge panel rehear the case. Oral arguments took place Sept. 18."

God, you just don't realize all that went into this case, and this story is pretty significant. But, is it over now? No, but I guess it could be.  What can happen now is prosecutors could petition for the US Supreme Court to review the case, and not only that, the Government could ask the 11-judge panel to reconsider the ruling. 

Not sure what happens next... but I wanted to let you all know about it.

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