Judge: Court to rehear Bonds case

Judge: Court to rehear Bonds case
July 1, 2014, 10:45 am
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Barry Bonds already served his sentence of 30 days house arrest, but his felony conviction will be reconsidered. (USATSI)

 A federal appeals court says it will reconsider Barry Bonds' felony conviction for obstruction of justice.

The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Tuesday that a special panel of 11 judges will review a 2011 jury verdict finding Major League Baseball's all-time homerun leader guilty of giving evasive testimony to a grand jury investigating elite athletes' use of performance-enhancing drugs.

A three-judge panel of the 9th Circuit last year upheld the conviction, which stems from a rambling answer Bonds gave in response to a question about whether he received injections from anyone other than his doctor.

Bonds has already served his sentence of 30 days' house arrest and paid a $4,100 fine.

The court has not set a date for a new hearing.

Chief Judge Alex Kozinski of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit released the following statement:

Upon the vote of a majority of nonrecused active judges, it is ordered that this case be reheard en banc pursuant to Federal Rule of Appellate Procedure 35(a) and Circuit Rule 35-3. The three-judge panel opinion shall not be cited as precedent by or to any court of the Ninth Circuit.

Judge Friedland did not participate in the deliberations or vote in this case.

The Associated Press and 9th Circuit Court of Appeals contributed to this report


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