Barry Bonds Appeal
Published: May 5, 2012
Barry Bonds Appeal, Home run king Barry Bonds on Thursday urged a federal appeals court to wipe out his obstruction of justice conviction, saying it was based on an “invented legal theory” that did not amount to criminal conduct.
In a 70-page brief filed with the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, Bonds’ legal team, as expected, attacked the conviction, arguing it should be overturned because of flaws in the jury verdict form, indictment and other factors during trial.
“The government should not be allowed to salvage this misguided prosecution by minting a new theory of obstruction and creating a new criminal offense,” Bonds’ lawyers wrote. “Mr. Bonds’ conviction cannot stand.”
A jury in April 2010 convicted the 47-year-old Bonds of obstructing justice during his December 2003 testimony before a federal grand jury probing the Bay Area Laboratory Cooperative steroids scandal.
Although the jury did not convict Bonds on three perjury charges, the panel did find the former San Francisco Giants slugger impeded justice by providing a rambling, evasive answer to a question about whether his former personal trainer, Greg Anderson, had ever supplied or injected him with steroids. (Chicago Tribune)
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