The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals reversed Barry Bonds conviction on obstruction of justice charges Wednesday Key to the ruling was the court’s ruling that Bonds’ statement to a grand jury 12 years ago should not have been a part of the governments steroids dispersal case, according to Foxsports.com
With more career home runs than anyone in the history of baseball, Bonds saw himself indicted eight years ago, four years after hist 2003 testimony regarding steroid distribution by the Bay Area Laboratory Co-Operative.
A trial took place in 2011, resulting in a deadlocked jury on charges that Bonds had lied about both obtaining and using the drugs obtained through the Greg Anderson of the Bay Area Laboratory Co-Operative.
The specific response on which he was indicted, which seemed to be a round-about way of denying steroid use, came when Bonds was asked if the trainer had ever given him, “anything that required a syringe to inject yourself with.” His response was,
“That’s what keeps our friendship,” Bonds said. “I was a celebrity child, not just in baseball by my own instincts. I became a celebrity child with a famous father. I just don’t get into other people’s business because of my father’s situation, you see.”
The perennial all-star was given a 30 day sentence of home-confinement, as well as two years on probation, 250 hours of community service and a $4,000 fine. All other charges were nullified as they were declared mistrials and then dismissed. Bonds has completed the home confinement portion of his sentence.
The decision was upheld two years ago by the 9th Circuit. However, they decided decided to rehear the case, which ended in September. They rendered their decision, bringing us to the present day.
The 11-judge panel could be asked to rehear the case, or the government could ask all the 9th Circuit judges to rehear the matter. The government prosecutors could also ask the Supreme Court to make a ruling on the 9th Circuit decision.
However, as of Wednesday, Barry Bonds is not convicted of anything by the 9th Circuit Court.