Barry Bonds Convicted of Obstructing Justice

But jury deadlocks on three counts of perjury
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Apr 13, 2011 5:00 PM CDT
Barry Bonds Trial: He's Guilty of Obstructing Justice; Jury Hangs on Other Counts
Former baseball player Barry Bonds passes through security at federal court in San Francisco Wednesday.   (AP Photo/Noah Berger)

(Newser) – Barry Bonds was convicted of obstruction of justice today, but a jury failed to reach a verdict on three other counts that the home run king lied to a grand jury when he denied knowingly using steroids and human growth hormone. Following a 12-day trial and almost four full days of deliberation, the jury of eight women and four men could reach a unanimous verdict only on one of the four counts against Bonds. US District Judge Susan Illston declared a mistrial on the others, a messy end to a case that put the slugger under a cloud of suspicion for more than three years.

Bonds sat stone-faced through the verdict, displaying no emotion. His legal team immediately asked that the guilty verdict be thrown out and Illston did not rule on the request. She set May 20 for a hearing in the case. Federal prosecutors and the Justice Department will have to decide whether to retry Bonds on the unresolved counts. Bonds has acknowledged that he did take steroids but said his trainer misled him into believing they were flaxseed oil and arthritis cream. (Read more Barry Bonds trial stories.)

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