Barry Bonds's obstruction of justice conviction reversed in appeals court
Barry Bonds's felony obstruction of justice conviction has been reversed by the by 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, according to the Associated Press.
Bonds was found guilty of obstruction of justice in 2011 after it was ruled that he gave a rambling answer to a grand jury while under oath in 2003. His appeal was upheld by the 9th Circuit in September 2013.
The former MLB outfielder later asked the 9th Circuit to rehear his case, which occurred in mid-September 2014.
During his 2003 testimony, Bonds was asked whether he received drugs that required a syringe, as related to the BALCO steroids scandal. His answer, which included him saying he became a "celebrity child with a famous father," was ruled to be evasive and "served to divert the grand jury's attention away from the relevant inquiry of the investigation."
Bonds was also indicted on three perjury charges, but a judge declared a mistrial in 2011 after the jury didn't come to a unanimous decision. The 50-year-old already served his sentence of 30 days of home confinement for the obstruction of justice conviction and paid a $4,000 fine.
Bonds, who is MLB's all-time home runs leader, was a 14-time All-Star and seven-time MVP over the course of his career.
- Molly Geary