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Barry Bonds obstruction conviction thrown out

Barry Bonds obstruction conviction thrown out
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Barry Bonds has been cleared legally http://www.authentictwinsshop.com/authentic-1-chris-young-jersey.html after 11½ years in court. His reputation remains tainted in the minds of many baseball fans. A federal court of appeals threw out the career home run leader's obstruction of justice conviction Wednesday, ruling 10-1 that his meandering answer before a grand jury in 2003 was not material to the government's investigation into illegal performance-enhancing drugs distribution. "Today's news is something that I have long hoped for," Bonds said in a statement. "I am humbled and truly thankful for the outcome as well as the opportunity our judicial system affords to all individuals to seek justice." Now 50, Bonds said, "I am excited about what the future holds for me as I embark on the next chapter." Bonds broke Hank Aaron's long-standing career record of 755 homers in 2007, finished that season with 762 and was indicted that December for his testimony before a grand jury investigating the Bay Area Laboratory Co-Operative, in which he answered a question about injections by saying he was "a celebrity child." He was convicted of the obstruction charge in 2011, and a three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals unanimously upheld the conviction in 2013. But an 11-judge 9th Circuit panel, which listened to arguments from prosecutors and Bonds' lawyers this past September, concluded there was insufficient evidence his initial evasive answer was material to the grand jury's probe. "The most one can say about this statement is that it was non-responsive and thereby impeded the investigation to a small degree by wasting the grand jury's time and trying the prosecutors' patience," Judge Alex Kozinski wrote. "Real-life witness examinations, unlike those in movies and on television, invariably are littered with non-responsive and irrelevant answers." Jessica Wolfram, one of the jurors who Coco Crisp Authentic Jersey convicted Bonds following the three-week trial and four days of deliberations, said she couldn't help but feel the decadelong prosecution was "all a waste, all for nothing." "Just a waste of money, having the whole trial and jury," she said in a telephone interview with The Associated Press. In testifying before the grand jury, Bonds said he didn't realize substances he used were illegal PEDs. The appellate judges based their decision on legal issues involving witness testimony, not the underlying facts. Despite holding the career and season home run marks -- he hit a single-year record 73 in 2001 -- Bonds has been denied entry into baseball's Hall of Fame by baseball writers. He appeared on 36.8 percent of ballots this year, less than half the 75 percent needed. "I think sadly his reputation has been tarnished, not because of the indictment or the reversal, but because of all the PED use," former baseball commissioner Fay Vincent said. "I think the public has made up its mind." Roger Clemens, whose pitching feats were as accomplished as Bonds' batting achievements, also has been denied Hall entry. Clemens was acquitted in 2012 of criminal charges that he lied to Congress when he denied using PEDs. Travis Tygart, chief executive officer http://www.authenticyankeesshop.com/authentic-12-alfonso-soriano-jersey.html of the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency, called Wednesday's decision "almost meaningless for the real issue, which is whether he used performance-enhancing drugs to cheat the fans of baseball." "I think at the end of the day, America knows the truth and who the real home run record-holder is, who did it the right way, and it's obviously not Barry Bonds," he said. Following the trial that opened in March 2011, a jury deadlocked on three counts charging Bonds with making false statements when he denied receiving steroids and human growth hormone from personal trainer Greg Anderson and denied receiving injections from Anderson or his associates. Bonds was convicted for his response when he was asked whether Anderson ever gave him "anything that required a syringe to inject yourself with." "That's what keeps our friendship," Bonds said. "I was a celebrity child, not just in baseball by my own instincts. I became a celebrity child with a famous father. I just don't get into other people's business because of my father's situation, you see." The appellate judges were divided in their rationale, issuing four separate opinions to reverse the conviction and one to uphold it. The appeals court barred a retrial, citing a prohibition on double jeopardy. Kozinski, writing for himself and four Chris Young Authentic Jersey other judges, was concerned the obstruction statute, "stretched to its limits ... poses a significant hazard for everyone involved in our system of justice, because so much of what the adversary process calls for could be construed as obstruction."

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