Barry Bonds and Perjury

It's the cover-up that always gets them. Baseball giant Barry Bonds was indicted yesterday on four counts of perjury and one count of obstruction of justice.

In the indictment, federal prosecutors said Bonds lied when he denied (to the grand jury)using a long list of banned drugs, including steroids, testosterone, human growth hormone and "the clear," the undetectable designer steroid marketed by BALCO.

....Bonds also lied when he testified that his longtime personal trainer, Greg Anderson, had never injected him with drugs, the government contended. The trainer, who was imprisoned for contempt of court after he refused to testify against Bonds, was freed Thursday night, hours after Bonds' indictment was unsealed.

Interestingly, Anderson never flipped. He did three months on his own steroid-related case and a year on the contempt charge for refusing to give up Bonds. Because the grand jury concluded and there was no longer any need for him to testify, the Judge let him out.

Bonds has grown a bit since he entered baseball. [More...]

1986 Bonds, listed at 5-foot-11 and 185 pounds, breaks into the majors as a 21-year-old rookie with the Pittsburgh Pirates.

....Anderson introduces Bonds to Victor Conte, a self-taught scientist who boasts he can propel athletes to peak performance through a personalized regimen of nutritional supplements.

....2001 Bonds, now listed at 6-foot-2 and 228 pounds, hits a season-record 73 home runs and wins his fourth National League MVP award, also a record.

If convicted, legal commentators say his guidelines are about 30 months in prison.

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    Should Bonds Lose his Home Run Title? (none / 0) (#1)
    by OurCountry on Fri Nov 16, 2007 at 07:19:09 PM EST
    Well, first off I didn't realize this was such an issue where this story broke out on the main stream media outlets such as CNN, MSNBC, and FOX. Not surprised that FOX News had the most coverage.

    I'm just wondering if they do find him guilty for lying about steroid use, should his home run record be held under technicalities?

    I would only figure that when sports history books are all properly updated that under Bonds' home run record have an asterisk by his name, and a foot note entailing his record more than likely was achieved using performance enhancing drugs.

    And it should also mention (none / 0) (#2)
    by DA in LA on Fri Nov 16, 2007 at 07:25:14 PM EST
    That many of the pitchers he was facing were on steroids.  If you put an asterisk next to his name, you should also do it for every team that won the world series from 2000-2006.  The entire league was juiced.  America has chosen its poster boy, but many of the players were on steroids.

    Doing my best Victoria Toensing impression (none / 0) (#3)
    by MiddleOfTheRoad on Fri Nov 16, 2007 at 08:28:29 PM EST
    The prosecution has just gone overboard spending millions of dollars.  There was no underlying crime, and we all know that if there is no underlying crime proved by the prosecutor the perjury and obstruction is perfectly legal.  Furthermore Bonds was not the first person to have taken steroids, and yet the prosecutor is prosecuting Bonds and not the others who took steroids before Bond did.

    It is all a giant setup.  Bush should pardon Bonds.

    that was very funny (none / 0) (#4)
    by Jeralyn on Fri Nov 16, 2007 at 08:42:01 PM EST
    and well done.

    His attorney (none / 0) (#5)
    by Patrick on Fri Nov 16, 2007 at 08:56:58 PM EST
    Michael Rains, if he's the same one, is one helluva good attorney.  Think Oakland Riders.  (Not Raiders)

    Height increase (none / 0) (#6)
    by Natal on Sat Nov 17, 2007 at 10:36:18 PM EST
    Is it possible to grow 3 inches in height after the age of 21 with steroids? Can the drugs actually do this?