Barry Bonds Convicted of Obstruction, Jury Hangs on False Statement Counts
Posted on Wed Apr 13, 2011 at 08:38:03 PM EST
Tags: Barry Bonds (all tags)
Baseball legend Barry Bonds was convicted of one count of obstruction of justice today. The jury was unable to reach a verdict on three counts alleging Bonds made false statements to the grand jury.
What an odd verdict. To convict on the obstruction count, the jury had to consider 7 separate statements, and determine which, if any constituted obstruction. They had to be unanimous on the particular statement.
Of the 7 statements, the jury found Bonds obstructed justice as to one of them, referred to as "Statement C." (The first three statements were the same as those alleged in the three false statement counts. The jury didn't find he obstructed justice with any of those statements. The other four statements were passages from his grand jury testimony, with the underlined portion being the statement the Government alleged amounted to obstruction.)
Here is the instruction the jury was given on obstruction of justice: [More...]
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