Skip to comments.Barry Bonds' conviction upheld
Posted on 08/26/2011 10:01:18 PM PDT by quantim
Barry Bonds' obstruction of justice conviction was upheld Friday by a federal judge, who denied the former baseball star's motion for a new trial or acquittal on the charge.
A day after hearing oral arguments, U.S. District Judge Susan Illston in San Francisco issued a 20-page order refusing to overturn the only unanimous decision reached by the jury in her courtroom last April 13.
Jurors failed to reach a verdict on three counts charging the seven-time NL MVP with making false statements to a grand jury in 2003 when he denied receiving steroids and human growth hormone from trainer Greg Anderson, and when he said he allowed only doctors to inject him. Bonds was convicted of giving an evasive, rambling reply when asked whether he received drugs that required a syringe.
"Viewed in the light most favorable to the government, the record supports a finding, beyond a reasonable doubt, that the question was material to the grand jury's investigation of BALCO and Greg Anderson for unlawfully distributing performance enhancing drugs, and that defendant endeavored to obstruct the grand jury by not answering it when it was first asked," Illston wrote. "The conviction can be upheld if (the) defendant endeavored to obstruct justice, even if he did not succeed."
Bonds is likely to appeal Illston's decision to the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.
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MLB has been a fraud since 1994, with roots going back to Curt Flood.
I plead indifference to the judicial aspects of this case.
As a baseball fan there is nothing more important than Bonds being kept out of the Hall of Fame. He won’t be admitted. That is an absolute. They could throw him in prison and it would not be the slap in the face that a Hall of Fame NO vote will be. He’s done. He’s toast. At this point the criminal system is far less meaningful than the votes of the sportswriters who have a HOF vote.
FUBB. You’re done you cheating sack of sh*t.
If you were Bonds, wouldn’t you rather the 9th Circuit than any other? IF he has a prayer of overturning the jury verdict, it’d be there.
True enough but it is wonderful to see a federal court not go with race or fame as a priority.
Okay, I think I understand.
Slick-Willy lying to a federal judge that he had previously appointed, but the part about Barry not answering a question - - - - ?
Okay, let me try again - - - - . Okay, there is the fifth amendment, the right to legal counsel, and, well - - -.
This legal stuff is really complex! No wonder so many lawyers become brilliant politicians!
'I'd rather lose without him, than win with him.'
As for Bonds, ill never forgive him for juicing up. He was hands down my favorite player on the pirates back in the late 80 s and early 90s ... All he had to do was not do that garbage ... He would have been first ballot HOF.
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