Federal appeals court upholds Barry Bonds conviction
A federal appeals court on Friday upheld an obstruction of justice conviction of all-time home run record holder Barry Bonds tied to a grand jury investigation related to steroids.
In 2003, Bonds denied knowingly using steroids or performance-enhancing drugs while testifying under a grant of immunity during a federal case against the Bay Area Laboratory Co-operative (BALCO).
Bonds was later charged with obstructing the grand jury probe, resulting in his conviction.
In upholding that conviction, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco said there was sufficient evidence that Bonds’ testimony was evasive, misleading and capable of influencing the grand jury to minimize Anderson’s role in the distribution of illegal steroids and performance-enhancing drugs.