Thursday, April 14, 2011

Verdict in: Barry Bonds found guilty, but case not closed yet

SAN FRANCISCO — Barry Bonds got the title of home run king when he overtook Hank Aaron on the career list in 2007. Now he has earned another tag that might stay with him longer — convicted felon.A jury of eight women and four men found Bonds guilty of obstruction of justice Wednesday, but after a 12-day trial and nearly four days of deliberations, they could not reach unanimous verdicts on the three counts of perjury about his alleged use of performance-enhancing substances.
U.S. District Judge Susan Illston declared a mistrial on those charges, and prosecutors said they would decide later whether to pursue them again. Illston set a hearing for May 20, at which time she's expected to rule on the defense's request that the guilty verdict be thrown out and also set a sentencing date.

How the jurors voted

Count 1, perjury
--Lying about getting steroids from Greg Anderson
Vote: 9-3 not guilty

Count 2, perjury
-- Lying about only getting injected by a doctor
Vote: 11-1 not guilty

Count 3, perjury
-- Lying about getting HGH from Anderson
Vote: 8-4 not guilty

Count 5, obstruction of justice
Vote: Guilty, 12-0

Note: Count 4, another perjury charge, was thrown out by the judge during the trial at the prosecutors' request
Bonds, 46, who has 762 career home runs and is a seven-time National League MVP, sat impassively as the unexpected and somewhat confusing verdict was read. When a fan asked him on the way out of the courthouse, "Are you celebrating tonight?" Bonds responded, "There's nothing to celebrate."

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