Barry Bonds asked a federal appeals court Thursday to toss out his felony obstruction conviction.
Bonds’ lawyers filed a 60-page legal brief on Thursday with the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals arguing his conviction was based on a rambling and irrelevant — but truthful — answer to a grand jury question about whether his trainer ever provided him with an injectable substance.
...“This case arose out of the federal government’s efforts to combat steroid use in sports,” Bonds appellate attorney Dennis Riordan wrote. “That crusade, while admirable in its underlying purpose, has been pursued with an intensity at times bordering on zealotry.”
Riordan also argued that Bonds answered the question earlier in his grand jury appearance when he said that only his doctor injected him with anything.
“Any competent English speaker would understand Mr. Bonds’s initial statement as answering the question in the negative,” Riordan wrote. “Mr. Bonds was no more guilty of obstruction than he would have been if, having answered one prosecutorial question, he chatted with grand jurors about the weather while the prosecutor was formulating his next one.”
Posted: May 03, 2012 at 09:23 PM | 19 comment(s)
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