Bonds’ obstruction of justice conviction upheld

U.S. Judge Mary Schroeder upheld an obstruction of justice conviction for former San Francisco Giants outfielder Barry Bonds on behalf of a three-judge panel with the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals on September 13.

Bonds was found guilty of obstruction of justice; however, the jury wasn’t able to reach a verdict on three other perjury charges concerning his steroid use. According to Schroeder, there was sufficient evidence to convict Bonds of the perjury charge because his statements were “evasive, misleading, and capable of influencing the grand jury to minimize the trainer’s role in the distribution of performance-enhancing drugs.”

Bonds appealed the original conviction, but now faces detention time at home.

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