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Barry Bonds case: Conviction reversal seems likely

Posted By Administration, Friday, September 19, 2014

SAN FRANCISCO -- The government's case against home run king Barry Bonds may turn out to be a whiff.

During an hour of legal arguments here Thursday, the majority of an 11-judge federal appeals court panel sent strong signals that Bonds' 2011 conviction for obstructing justice is on shaky ground.

 

The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals judges appeared troubled by a host of factors, including what may have been an overbroad use of obstruction laws to snag the former San Francisco Giant for giving evasive testimony to a federal grand jury more than a decade ago.

 

"I find your reading of the (obstruction of justice) statute absolutely alarming," 9th Circuit Judge William Fletcher remarked to assistant U.S. attorney Merry Jean Chan at one point.

 

Read more via San Jose Mercury News: http://www.mercurynews.com/crime-courts/ci_26561729/barry-bonds-case-conviction-reversal-seems-likely

 

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