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Barry Bonds won’t be retried on perjury counts

Aug 31, 2011, 6:00 PM EDT

Barry Bonds AP

As you’ll recall, the jury that sat in judgment of Barry Bonds could not reach a verdict on the perjury counts he faced.  That meant a mistrial on those counts, which gave the prosecution the right to re-try Bonds if it so chose.  Today the prosecution announced that it would decline.  From the Mercury News:

Federal prosecutors, apparently satisfied with securing an obstruction of justice conviction against home run king Barry Bonds, have dropped three lingering perjury counts against him unresolved at this spring’s trial.

I think they made a wise choice here. My rooting interests in this case aside, I think they would have had an awfully difficult time getting a conviction if they went back to the well on this one.  They were wise to cut their losses.

Bonds will be sentenced on the obstruction charge on December 16th. And then, of course, he will appeal that conviction.  So no, it’s not quite over yet.

  1. jsaq - Aug 31, 2011 at 6:04 PM

    Thank God the government spent time and a lot of money of prosecuting Bonds and Clemens. I mean, more cops, firefighters and teachers would be good, and the bridge I drive over to get to work looks like it’s held together with paint and prayers, but we need to prosecute guys who committed crimes that didn’t actually hurt anyone but themselves.

    • jtneville - Aug 31, 2011 at 6:17 PM

      Amen!

    • paperlions - Aug 31, 2011 at 8:43 PM

      I am not convinced most of the country needs more cops or firefighters. The ones we have around here mostly sit around waiting for something to happen, and then either watch something burn as they hapless spray water towards it or stand around at a place where a crime happened a while ago (in other words, it is unclear what they do for our rural community besides cost an outrageous amount of money). They also draw outrageous amount of over time to sit in their vehicles near construction and talk on their cell phones and then draw an unjustifiably high retirement base on that over time. The teachers, I agree with.

      • jimbrashear - Aug 31, 2011 at 10:39 PM

        Hey jerkwad – if you actually live in a rural community it’s about a 99% chance you have a VOLUNTEER fire department for which you should be THANKFUL that these guys risk their necks on a VOLUNTEER basis. If they are in a BIG CITY they aren’t sitting around – I know – I’m a fireman.

      • clydeserra - Sep 1, 2011 at 12:01 AM

        well when they are by construction sites, they are paid by the contractor, but otherwise spot on

      • clydeserra - Sep 1, 2011 at 12:16 AM

        volunteers? that would save lots of money in cities

    • dnc6 - Sep 1, 2011 at 5:00 PM

      Don’t think for a second that the government would have saved you a dime or spent that dime on a project that actually benefits you. In all likelihood, there is a fund set up to prosecute the likes of Bonds and Clemens. If they don’t bother with Bonds, they spend more on other prosecutions, or save it for the next big fish. You were going to get taxed as much regardless of whether Bonds or Clemens went on trial, and that bridge isn’t going to see a penny until another fund is set up for it.

  2. Lukehart80 - Aug 31, 2011 at 6:06 PM

    I came in to ask if this meant we were near the end of this circus, but I see Craig already answered that.

    Why isn’t the Tea Party all over this as wasteful government spending???

    (there’s the set-up, you provide the punchline)

  3. Kevin S. - Aug 31, 2011 at 6:11 PM

    Craig, has the government forfeited their right to re-try him at a later date? Is Bonds’ only remaining obstacle winning the appeal?

    • Kevin S. - Aug 31, 2011 at 6:15 PM

      Nevermind. I should check my email more often. Thanks for the response.

  4. robertterwilliger - Aug 31, 2011 at 11:10 PM

    so millions of dollars and they proved barry bonds was a liar?

    i can think of a lot of people who could have told them that for $20.

    • explodet - Sep 1, 2011 at 12:10 AM

      They didn’t prove anything. That’s why Bonds is going to appeal the conviction.

  5. lpd1964 - Sep 1, 2011 at 8:59 AM

    Bye Bye Hall Of fame

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