No Decision Yet on Bonds Retrial

Barry Bonds outside federal court
Barry Bonds

UPDATED:  6/23/2011  Still no word on whether the government will seek to retry Barry Bonds on perjury counts the jury couldn’t resolve in April.  In addition, Judge Susan Illston tentatively set Aug. 26 for a hearing on defense request for retrial on the obstruction of justice conviction.   

Just last week Bonds’ lawyers asked Illston to overturn his conviction stemming from the grand jury investigation about alleged use of steroids and injections while he was a fielder for the San Francisco Giants.

Jurors deadlocked April 13 on three perjury charges against him.  He was accused of lying to a grand jury in 2003 when he said he never knowingly used performance-enhancing drugs or received injections from anyone but his doctor.

He was convicted of obstruction for evasive answers to grand jury questions about whether his trainer ever injected him with drugs.

The government said in papers filed Tuesday that the defense delayed two months in asking Illston to overturn the conviction and prosecutors want more time to prepare.

They also pointed out that Bonds is free on bail and has not yet met with probation officials and no pre-sentencing report has been prepared.

 Case: U.S. v. Bonds, CR07-732SI

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