*Back in 2003, the 9th U.S. Circuit of Appeals ruled that former Giants slugger Barry Bonds’ testimony was an obstruction-of-justice and Friday they upheld their ruling.
His appearance in 2003 was before a grand jury investigating elite athletes’ use of performance-enhancing drugs. The courts felt he was being “evasive” during his testimony and kept investigators from probing into a performance-enhancing-drug ring centered at the Bay Area Laboratory Co-Operative, better known as BALCO.
While disappointed in the ruling, on Friday night Bonds told his attorneys to request that he be allowed to immediately begin serving his sentence of 30 days of house arrest and two years of probation.
“Meanwhile, I also intend to seek further judicial review of the important legal issues presented by the appeal that was decided today,” Bonds said. “This has been a long and difficult chapter in my life and I look forward to moving beyond it once I have fulfilled the penalties ordered by the court.”
Bonds was granted immunity from criminal prosecution as long as he testified truthfully. But after he denied knowingly using the drug and said he thought it was flax seed oil versus a performance-enhancing drug, prosecutors charged him with obstruction and with making false statements.
A jury convicted Bonds of a single felony count of obstruction. Bonds was sentenced to house arrest and probation after his 2011 trial. Prosecutors had sought a 15-month prison sentence.