Fed­eral author­i­ties end pros­e­cu­tion of Bonds

Cape Breton Post - - SPORTS• -

SAN FRAN­CISCO — The U.S. Depart­ment of Jus­tice on Tues­day for­mally dropped its crim­i­nal pros­e­cu­tion of Barry Bonds, Ma­jor League Base­ball’s ca­reer home run leader. The decade-long in­ves­ti­ga­tion and pros­e­cu­tion of Bonds for ob­struc­tion of jus­tice ended qui­etly with the DOJ’s one-para­graph court fil­ing an­nounc­ing it would not ask the U.S. Supreme Court to con­sider a lower court’s re­ver­sal of his felony con­vic­tion. A jury con­victed Bonds in 2011 of ob­struc­tion of jus­tice for giv­ing a me­an­der­ing an­swer to a fed­eral grand jury when asked about in­jec­tions. A fed­eral ap­peals court over­turned that con­vic­tion in April. The DOJ could have asked the high court to take the case. In­stead, the DOJ said the re­ver­sal of Bonds’ con­vic­tion would stand. Bonds at­tor­ney Dennis Rior­dan de­cline com­ment early Tues­day, say­ing he needed to speak with his client be­fore dis­cussing the case pub­licly. Ma­jor League Base­ball had no im­me­di­ate com­ment on the Jus­tice Depart­ment de­ci­sion.

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