Court Rejects Bonds Appeal 9/13/13
SAN FRANCISCO - A federal appeals court has upheld former Giants slugger Barry Bonds' obstruction of justice conviction stemming from grand jury testimony he gave in 2003. That came during an investigation into performance enhancing drug use among elite athletes.
The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that Bonds' testimony was "evasive" and capable of misleading investigators and hindering their probe.
A jury convicted Bonds of a single felony count of obstruction, but deadlocked on three other counts of perjury over Bonds' denial that he knowingly used drugs and those charges were later dismissed.
If Bonds' conviction stands, he will have to serve the 30 days of house arrest and two years of probation he was sentenced to after his 2011 trial. Prosecutors had sought a 15-month prison sentence.