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Barry Bonds gets 30 days house arrest, two years probation; sentence stayed pending appeal

Dec 16, 2011, 2:30 PM EDT

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The Barry Bonds case is over. Bonds, as we speak, is being sentenced. The penalty: 30 days of house arrest, two years of probation and 250 hours of community service.  This, by the way, is what the probation office recommended. Prosecutors were seeking a 15 month jail term.

In handing out her sentence, the judge observed that she agreed with the jury that Bonds tried to obstruct justice. Just that he failed. She noted that he did not threaten witnesses, for example.  When I first read his grand jury testimony three and a half years ago I observed the same thing. You can tell Barry wanted to perjure himself. He just was pretty damn bad at it.

The judge also noted that the sentence took into account that Bonds has a strong record of philanthropy, much of which is unpublicized. Weighing against that, I presume, is that he is a lousy stinkin’ cheater who robbed some sportswriters of their childhood memories.

Of course, there was some pathetic desperation on the part of the prosecution during the hearing. When trying to argue against the light sentence, the prosecutor said that Bonds planned to lie ahead of time and that he kept mistresses and lived a double life for years. The judge, not having it, noted that Bonds wasn’t convicted of any of that.  It’s something the prosecution and most of the people sitting in moral judgment of Barry Bonds have never quite gotten their minds around, but there you go.

I don’t know about you, but I would feel more secure walking the mean streets of Los Altos Hills tonight, knowing that Barry Bonds is secure behind the bars of the home security system that cost more than many public schools.

UPDATE:  Bonds won’t even have to serve any of that now. The judge has stayed (delayed) the sentence until after Bonds’ appeal of his conviction is heard. Which will take some time. And, in my opinion, may very well prevail.

  1. halstonl - Dec 16, 2011 at 4:19 PM

    Hey did anyone see his interview with ?

  2. halstonl - Dec 16, 2011 at 4:27 PM

    Haha he shouldve gone to then none of this wouldve ever happened.

  3. buffalomafia - Dec 16, 2011 at 4:45 PM

    There are two different kinds of the law! One for the poor & another for the rich Hollywood type & pro athletes!

    • jwbiii - Dec 16, 2011 at 4:50 PM

      Absolutely. I have twice sat on juries. I have seen several witnesses equivocate for a minute or so before answering a question. I’m sure that none of them faced obstruction charges.

    • jimeejohnson - Dec 16, 2011 at 7:48 PM

      Some useful idiots for the rich thumbs downed your comment.

      • JBerardi - Dec 16, 2011 at 9:50 PM

        Useful idiots are people who think Barry Bonds = “the rich” in this country. Call me when the federal government needs to give Barry Bonds him $700 billion to keep the global economy from collapsing and maybe I’ll care about this.

  4. spytdi - Dec 16, 2011 at 4:45 PM

    What a disaster for Bonds. I’m certain the lowly hell his house must be

  5. ridgeavenuehr - Dec 16, 2011 at 4:51 PM

    His true punishment is that he will have that huge, roided head for the rest of his life.

    • jimeejohnson - Dec 16, 2011 at 7:46 PM

      And a teeny weenie ball sac!

  6. brave44 - Dec 16, 2011 at 5:42 PM

    This is what our once proud country has come down to. If it was a person of insignificance…they’d throw the book at the little man. But, “show the right judge or legislator the money’ and you can get the same treatment.

    Our judges and legislators are corrupt! Our representatives are a joke! Watch the folly during the Republican debates…what a joke! We currently have no leadership in any area of government…and no one anywhere that gives us hope to ‘lead’ us out of the mess that we’re in. Where we once were looked upon as a world leader…we can’t ‘buy’ the loyalty or love of other countries as we once thought we could.

    Sorry, rambling on about a different subject. It just shows you that our system is corrupt. Bonds thought he was above the law…and I guess he was right.


    • jsco2 - Dec 16, 2011 at 6:18 PM

      Right on brave44!

    • JBerardi - Dec 16, 2011 at 9:40 PM

      “Sorry, rambling on about a different subject. It just shows you that our system is corrupt. Bonds thought he was above the law…and I guess he was right.”

      You’re working off the assumption that Bonds is actually guilty of the crime he’s been charged with. This is a mistake. Whatever you think of the guy, the specific charges the feds are bringing against him are crap.

    • 1historian - Dec 17, 2011 at 7:40 AM

      this makes me think of that movie ‘Thinner’

      Remember that?

  7. rhandome - Dec 16, 2011 at 6:54 PM

    This whole trial was a farce and Barry is still the greatest hitter of all time.

  8. jimeejohnson - Dec 16, 2011 at 7:45 PM

    Barry Bonds is the greatest hitter of all time much the same as Roger Clemens is the best pitcher of all time: as in “that’s a good one”, “yeah right”, and “two words: forget it”!!! Cheaters cannot be the best at anything. That said, I always thought Barry and Roger were gifted before they enhanced their game, illegally. Their both liars, too. They can kiss the Hall of Fame goodbye, forever; they ain’t never gettin’ in, excuse my grammar.

  9. jd616 - Dec 16, 2011 at 7:50 PM

    Barry Bonds was quite simply the greatest pure hitter any of us have ever seen or may ever again see in our lifetimes. Yes, he along with many (most?) players of his era used PED’s. So what. As a fan, watching him hit a 100 mph fastball from Eric Gagne (also juiced) 420 ft over the centerfield wall is a memory I will never forget. As a lifetime Giants fan, thanks Barry for all of the great memories.

  10. simon94022 - Dec 16, 2011 at 8:51 PM

    A Hall of “Fame” without Bonds or Clemens would be a joke. The Hall-of-Really-Good-but-not-Quite-the-Best-Players-Who-Were-Always-Available-to-Give-Moronic-but-Enthusiastic-Post-Game-Quotes-to-Sportswriters.

    I’m not wasting a week in Cooperstown on that.

  11. franbotel - Dec 16, 2011 at 10:32 PM

    Two Wars started by his incompetent predecessor ( Iraq war already ending & Bin laden dead). You lie under oath the govt. goes after you. Am pretty sure you were not bitching when Clinton was impeached for the same offense. In regards to moving to Canada i dont think they will accept your ilk better check Canadian Laws which are the most Liberal ( guns laws, hate speech and health care). You better off moving down to Texas, Mississippi or preferably Somalia with no laws.

  12. ireportyoudecide - Dec 17, 2011 at 1:36 AM

    Steroids were not against the rules in MLB until 2005. Some of you keep on saying he cheated. He literally could have injected himself in the dugout during the all star game and it still would have been within the rules.

  13. garlicfriesandbaseball - Dec 17, 2011 at 2:23 AM

    The problem’s with the entire judicial system. Take a look at my blog today: “Bonds and Steroids – Impossible to Defend”.

  14. tuftsb - Dec 17, 2011 at 11:46 AM

    From jaco2 earlier in the blog:

    “What a friggin’ joke!!!!! He should have gotten the jail time!!!!! Barry, McGuire,”

    Barry McGuire….Hey, Eve of Destruction was a great song in its time…

  15. crisisjunky - Dec 18, 2011 at 11:30 PM

    can I spend 30 days in Barry’s house? be so cool!

  16. klownboy - Dec 23, 2011 at 10:34 AM

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