Bonds Sticks to 'Not Guilty'

Baseball legend pleads "not guilty" to perjury, steroid abuse
By Michael O'Connor,  Newser User
Posted Dec 7, 2007 7:29 PM CST
Barry Bonds, right, arrives amid a throng of cameras at the San Francisco Federal Building in San Francisco, Friday, Dec. 7, 2007. Bonds is expected to plead not guilty to perjury and obstruction of justice...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Baseball legend Barry Bonds pleaded "not guilty" today to four counts of perjury and an obstruction of justice in US District Court, the AP reports. After a brief session, the judge released Bonds without bail money and vetoed the government's request to have his passport seized. The baseball celebrity left the courthouse to chants of "Barry, Barry" from a small group of fans.

Bonds' new attorney, Allen Ruby, said he would ask for the case to be thrown out because of unnamed "defects" in the charges. He also told reporters that Bonds "has trust and faith in the judicial system." The home run hitter faces two years in prison if convicted of lying to federal investigators about his use of performance-enhancing steroids.