The obstruction of justice conviction of Barry Bonds was overturned just recently by the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, which ruled his answer before the grand jury years ago wasn’t material to the government probe on the distribution of steroids.
Bonds, a professional baseball player, was indicted in 2007 for this testimony a few years earlier before the grand jury on the illegal distribution of performance enhancement substances by the Bay Area Lab Co-Operative.
Following a trial on March 2011, a jury charged Bonds on three counts for making false statements when he said of not receiving steroids and HGH from his trainer, Greg Anderson, and denied getting injections from his trainer or associates.
Bonds was then sentenced to a 30-day home confinement, 2 years of probation, 250 hours of youth activity community service, plus a $4,000 fine.
The 9th Circuit judge panel maintained the conviction in a vote back in 2013, but most of the court’s 28 judges who participated voted to have another judge panel to rehear the case.