Barry Bonds Found Guilty Of Obstructing Justice
After four days of deliberating over whether or not former baseball great Barry Bonds lied about his use of steroids and other performance-enhancing drugs, the jury could not reach agreement on a number of charges the government made against Bonds. But they nailed him on the obstruction of justice count. Jurors said they concluded that Bonds had been evasive before the grand jury, but they disagreed on whether he had knowingly lied to the panel about using steroids or human growth hormones. The judge, after speaking to the jury foreman, said she believes the mistrial is the proper decision given that the jury believes it has reached a crossroads. The defense intends to fight the verdict. The probe into Bonds began with an investigation into a laboratory that was selling illegal steroids to professional athletes and expanded to include athletes suspected of lying to investigators. Bonds, holder of baseball’s hallowed record for most home runs, was the probe’s highest-profile quarry. His career record stands at 762 home runs, surpassing Hank Aaron and Babe Ruth.