Bonds to ask for new trial or acquittal

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Bonds to ask for new trial or acquittal

June 15, 2011

SAN FRANCISCO (APCSN) -- Barry Bonds wants another turn at bat in the federal case against him in San Francisco.

The slugger's attorneys filed a motion Wednesday asking a judge to change Bonds' obstruction of justice conviction to an acquittal or schedule a new trial. The motion was authored by attorney Dennis Riordan.

"Unauthorized rambling is not a federal crime," the legal brief contends. "There is no legal authority for the proposition that truthful but 'evasive' statements, much less a single statement, can constitute obstruction of justice."

Another excerpt from the motion states the following: "Even if some truthful but evasive statements could constitute obstruction, Mr. Bondss celebrity child statement was, at worst, a digression -- a bit of meandering from the question that was explicitly encouraged by the questioner."

Bonds, 46, was convicted of obstructing a grand jury's steroids investigation by giving an evasive answer during questioning in 2003. The trial ended in April with a mistrial on three perjury counts and a conviction on the single obstruction count.

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Bonds' lawyers argue he was unfairly convicted of "unauthorized rambling" in discussing being a celebrity child when asked whether his trainer ever injected him with a syringe. The lawyers insist that Bonds answered the question directly during further questioning.

A July 1 hearing is scheduled to consider the latest motion. Bonds' indictment took place in 2007, three months after breaking Hank Aaron's career home run record. Prosecutors havent indicated whether they plan to retry Bonds on the three perjury charges.

The case in U.S. District Court, Northern District of California is United States of America v. Barry Lamar Bonds, 07-cr-0732. The motion reads as follows:

Case No. CR 07 0732 SIDEFENDANTS MOTIONS FOR JUDGMENT OF ACQUITTAL ANDOR A NEW TRIAL ON COUNT FIVE
Date:TBA
Time:TBA
Judge:The Honorable Susan Illston

Bonds is baseball's single season (73) and all-time (762) home run leader.

Raiders owner Mark Davis: Oakland will always be part of our DNA

Raiders owner Mark Davis: Oakland will always be part of our DNA

The Oakland Raiders received conditional approval from the National Football League to relocate the franchise to Las Vegas, Nevada.

Shortly thereafter, owner Mark Davis issued the following statement:

“My father always said, ‘the greatness of the Raiders is in its future,’ and the opportunity to build a world-class stadium in the entertainment capital of the world is a significant step toward achieving that greatness. I would like to thank Commissioner Goodell, the National Football League and my 31 partners. I would also like to thank Governor Brian Sandoval and the Nevada Legislature for their commitment. Finally, I would like to thank Sheldon Adelson for his vision and leadership, without which this project never would have become a reality.

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“The Raiders were born in Oakland and Oakland will always be part of our DNA. We know that some fans will be disappointed and even angry, but we hope that they do not direct that frustration to the players, coaches and staff. We plan to play at the Coliseum in 2017 and 2018, and hope to stay there as the Oakland Raiders until the new stadium opens. We would love nothing more than to bring a championship back to the Bay Area.”

The only owner who voted against the move was Miami's Stephen Ross, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.

Oakland Raiders media services contributed to this story

Sharks' Vlasic back at practice; Haley awaits punishment

Sharks' Vlasic back at practice; Haley awaits punishment

SAN JOSE – Marc-Edouard Vlasic returned to practice on Monday after missing two of the Sharks’ four games on their recently completed road trip.

Vlasic did not play in Tuesday’s game in Minnesota or Saturday’s game in Nashville with the flu, and was spotted walking with a slight limp after Friday’s game in Dallas when he took just one shift in the third period before departing.

Not surprisingly, center Logan Couture was missing after he took a deflected puck to the mouth on Saturday in Nashville and will miss some time, although the team has yet to update his condition.

Joe Thornton was also not at practice, although he was likely taking a maintenance day. Micheel Haley skated as a placeholder on his line with Jannik Hansen and Joe Pavelski.

With Couture out, Patrick Marleau centered a line with Melker Karlsson and Mikkel Boedker. Chris Tierney was between Joonas Donskoi and Timo Meier, while Tomas Hertl skated with Marcus Sorensen and Joel Ward.

Haley was set to have a hearing with the NHL’s department of player safety on Monday for what the league called a “sucker punch” of Nashville’s Calle Jarnkrok on Saturday. News of his punishment is expected later in the day.