Barry Bonds Found Guilty of Obstruction of Justice

While Barry Bonds was found guilty by a federal jury of obstruction, the jury could not reach a verdict on the question of whether he lied about never knowingly using steroids during his career.

From the Los Angeles Times:

After a government prosecution that lasted nearly seven years, a federal jury Wednesday convicted home-run king Barry Bonds on one charge of obstruction of justice for allegedly lying about using performance-enhancing drugs.

The judge in the case declared a mistrial on three remaining counts.

Bonds was charged with four federal felony counts for denying under oath to a grand jury in 2003 that he had knowingly used steroids or human growth hormones and for maintaining that his personal trainer, Greg Anderson, had never injected him.

 

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One Comment on “Barry Bonds Found Guilty of Obstruction of Justice”


  1. I don’t see how in the world it could constitute obstruction of justice – unless doubletalk and rambling are obstructive, and the government proved that Bonds rambled on purpose. I agree with the suggestion in your post that the prosecutor’s failure to follow up by saying, “Excuse me, Mr. Bonds, but my question was X. Would you mind trying again to answer that question?” prevents any valid conviction here.


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