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chiefsnorth
04-14-2011, 10:15 AM
Jury convicts home run king Barry Bonds of obstruction of justice
By Maura Dolan and Jack Leonard*
Los Angeles Times
Updated: 04/13/2011 09:55:24 PM CDT


SAN FRANCISCO - Home run king Barry Bonds was convicted Wednesday of obstruction of justice for impeding a grand jury investigation into illegal steroid distribution, closing a sordid chapter in a scandal that ensnared some of baseball's greatest players.

The verdict against the former San Francisco Giants star capped a nearly seven-year probe that focused on Bonds' denials under oath about knowingly using performance-enhancing drugs.

Bonds, 46, sat grim-faced when the verdict was read in a courtroom packed with reporters. The jury of eight women and four men, which began deliberating Friday morning, deadlocked on three counts of perjury.

The trial culminates an era in which the reputations of some of the nation's top athletes were tarnished by disclosures of steroid and other drug use and forced professional sports to grapple with calls for reform.

Jurors said they concluded that Bonds had been evasive before the grand jury, but they disagreed on whether he had knowingly lied to the panel about using steroids or human growth hormones.

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"In terms of his legacy, it's officially tainted," said Robert Talbot, a professor at the University of San Francisco School of Law who has followed the trial. "It essentially says that he knew he was cheating."

Federal sentencing guidelines for the conviction recommend 15 to 21 months in prison, but many legal analysts expect Bonds to be sentenced to home confinement. The U.S. attorney's office must decide whether to retry Bonds on the perjury counts.

Federal agents grew interested in Bonds in the early 2000s after learning he had appeared in an advertisement for the Bay Area Laboratory Co-Operative, which was selling designer steroids and other drugs to professional athletes.

Bonds was one of 30 athletes summoned to the grand jury investigating steroid dealing. Although given immunity for illegal drug use, Bonds insisted that that his trainer told him the two steroids he was taking were flaxseed oil and arthritis cream.

Prosecutors presented evidence to jurors that Bonds tested positive for a steroid and a fertility drug in a urine sample taken several months before his grand jury testimony. The government also presented a surreptitious recording of his trainer, Greg Anderson, discussing how he injected steroids in response to questions about Bonds.

KingPriest2
04-14-2011, 10:21 AM
REPOST

KingPriest2
04-14-2011, 10:23 AM
Be careful because Kstater is going to throw a hissyfit that you posted this

BIG_DADDY
04-14-2011, 10:23 AM
REPOST

And nobody cares, except the Feds who spent countless millions of your $$$$ over 7 years on their own ego.

chiefsnorth
04-14-2011, 10:25 AM
REPOST

Who gives a shit?

KingPriest2
04-14-2011, 10:29 AM
Who gives a shit?

Im just saying Kstater is gioing to throw a hissyfit so watch out

Demonpenz
04-14-2011, 10:29 AM
if the hat doesn't fit you must aquit!

BigCatDaddy
04-14-2011, 10:30 AM
We landed on the Moon!

BIG_DADDY
04-14-2011, 10:32 AM
We landed on the Moon!

Yea but convicting Bonds cost a lot more.

chiefsnorth
04-14-2011, 11:06 AM
Im just saying Kstater is gioing to throw a hissyfit so watch out

So there is a trial thread that was buried atthe time I posted this one... Whatever. The conviction is news people might be interested in who don't want to slog through the details in a long thread.

As far as bonds goes, nobody doubts that he was on roids, this just shows the effort to cover it up was proven.

Not that he has any defenders left who regard his record as legit but at least this is something official for MLB, ESPN, and HOF voters