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Barry Bonds is asking a federal appeals court to toss out his felony obstruction conviction.
Bonds' lawyers filed a 70-page legal brief on Thursday with the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals arguing his conviction was based on a rambling and irrelevant, but truthful, answer to a grand jury question about whether his trainer ever provided him with an injectable substance.
Bonds replied that he was a ''celebrity child'' rather than answering the question directly. A jury decided after a roughly three-week trial last year that the answer represented an obstruction of justice. The jury deadlocked on three other perjury charges alleging he lied to a grand jury when he denied knowing taking performance-enhancing drugs.
Federal prosecutors are expected to file their opposition later this month.
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Federal prosecutors have asked for a 45-day delay until July 19 to respond to Barry Bonds' appeal of his obstruction of justice conviction.
The career home run leader filed a 60-page brief on May 3 with the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, and the government's response was due June 4.
If the request prosecutors filed Wednesday is granted, which is likely, it probably...
Barry Bonds, Major League Baseball's all-time home run leader, appealed his obstruction of justice conviction on Thursday. In a 70-page appeal filed with the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, Bonds' lawyers argued that the conviction was based on an "invented legal theory" that did not amount to criminal conduct. The lawyers said the conviction should be overturned...
I had an exchange this past Saturday with a blogging colleague, Wendy Thurm. It started with a tweet from Wendy:
* RT @sundownmotel: They just called Albert Pujols “the best hitter in baseball in the last 30-40 years.” Barry Bonds expunged from memory.
— Wendy Thurm (@hangingsliders) April 28, 2012
This led to something of a debate between Wendy and I about the relative merits...
One of the great things about baseball is that it breeds arguments that a lot of times can't be proven one way or the other.Was Barry Bonds a Hall of Famer before he (allegedly) began using steroids?Is the National League's style of play traditional or archaic? And on and on and on.In the age of $200 million contracts, the gigantic money gap between teams like the Yankees...