On the Radar: Bonds' trial; Obama's plan for deficit reduction; Libya's future
Former San Francisco Giants slugger Barry Bonds arrives at federal court on Tuesday.
April 13th, 2011
06:54 AM ET

On the Radar: Bonds' trial; Obama's plan for deficit reduction; Libya's future

Bonds trial: The jury resumes deliberations in the perjury trial of Major League home run king Barry Bonds at 8:30 a.m. PT.

The 12 jurors have had three full days of deliberations on perjury and obstruction of justice charges the federal government brought against Bonds, alleging he lied to a federal grand jury in 2003 about knowingly taking anabolic steroids and getting injections from anyone but his doctors.

Defense lawyers argued that prosecutors essentially entrapped Bonds with their questioning in December 2003, before the federal grand jury investigating the illegal distribution of performance-enhancing drugs to athletes.

Bonds, 46, is on trial for in a San Francisco federal court for three perjury counts and one count of obstruction of justice, each carrying a 10-year prison sentence upon conviction. Prosecutors dropped a fourth perjury charge last week.

Deficit reduction: President Barack Obama will outline his plan for reducing the nation's long-term deficits in an afternoon speech at George Washington University in the nation's capital.

The president is scheduled to speak at 1:30 p.m. after meeting at the White House in the morning with congressional leaders.

The speech is a response to a Republican budget plan for the next fiscal year released last week by House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan, R-Wisconsin, that would overhaul the Medicare and Medicaid government health care programs for the elderly while reforming the tax code to lower rates and eliminate loopholes.

Libya's future: An international conference on the Libya's future is set to begin Wednesday in Qatar.

A delegation from the United Nations, including Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, will attend the first meeting of the Libya Contact Group in the Qatari capital of Doha. The group also includes officials from the European Union, the Arab League, NATO, the African Union and several countries. Members from the Libyan opposition's Transitional National Council will appear before the group.

Former Libyan foreign minister Moussa Koussa is expected to meet with Qatari government officials and Libyan representatives in Doha "to offer insights in advance of the Contact Group meeting," the British government said. Koussa, a longtime confidant of Libyan ruler Moammar Gadhafi and a former intelligence chief, fled to London last month after resigning from Gadhafi's regime.

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soundoff (15 Responses)
  1. Joey

    It is absurd to send anybody to prison for anything, including perjury, related to using steroids to enhance athletic performance.
    Just say no: nullify the law.

    April 13, 2011 at 7:20 am | Report abuse |
  2. cesar

    The dinasuar from New Mexico is really old. Glad its dead so it won't eat people.

    April 13, 2011 at 7:31 am | Report abuse |
  3. WOT

    We will go to jail for being A christian in the usa next

    April 13, 2011 at 10:37 am | Report abuse |
  4. Philip

    @Joey...really. You think it should be OK to lie under oath? I think everyone in the room should be placed under oath and prosecuted if they lie. That goes for judges, congressmen, lawyers, etc...not just the person being questioned.

    April 13, 2011 at 11:14 am | Report abuse |
  5. cesar

    I guess a lot of you have noticed I have issues. I want you to know I am working on them. Mommie is taking me to the psychiatrist today to get my little pills changed. This will be the first time I have been out of the house in about 12 years.

    April 13, 2011 at 1:16 pm | Report abuse |
  6. 2Cents

    Barry Bonds........... Sammy and McGwire weren't half the man Barry Bonds was. Steriods gave Sammy and McGwire the edge to make homeruns. Barry Bonds just joined in cause he wanted attention. He should of humbled himself and be a hall of famer without steriods which is better than being known for scamming for attention and money.

    April 13, 2011 at 2:29 pm | Report abuse |
  7. really?

    Here we go. The battle of the budget begins.
    We should start taxing churches.

    April 13, 2011 at 4:31 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Logical Sense

    This has to be the craziest thing to become news. We politicians, lawyers and even a President that has lied under oath and if you total up the number of them that have gone to jail it may have been less than 0.2 %. If by chance he did do steroids then the only person that was put in harms way was him. To whom do these people think they are to pass judgement on him when their personal closets have been full of junk. This was and is a waste of Taxpayers money and thus is a cost that we should have never endured. If he goes to jail then the taxpayer will pick up that tab also, don't waste our time and say its because he lied, its because he did not "Kiss you !ss" and admit it. We've gone to war over less and that destroyed families and parents and children will grow up without mothers, fathers, daughters and sons. Get a clue and use some common sense!

    April 13, 2011 at 4:39 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Philip

    Who are those freaks in Qatar to decide Libya's future? I say leave that for the Libyan people themselves to do!!!

    April 13, 2011 at 6:01 pm | Report abuse |
  10. HelenHull102951

    Go figure, the gov runs up the defict to the TRILLIONS and now the people are made to pay it back thru taxes and more taxes.. Like the bumper stickers say, "OBAMA-THIS IS GOING TO HURT" I BELIEVE THAT THOSE WHO SPENT THE MONEY FATTENING THEIR BANK ACCOUNT AND THOSE OF OTHER NATIONS SHOULD BE MADE TO FORFIT ALL ASSETS AND TURN OVER THEIR ENTIRE BANK ACCOUNTS!!! And this means all of them... Let them have to live below the poverty line like 80% of American do now, because of their over-spending and greediness...

    April 13, 2011 at 9:29 pm | Report abuse |
  11. HelenHull102951

    Also we should most definetly start taxing the muslim mosques, all hundreds of thousands of them. They always seem to have every dime they need to build their acres and acres of hate spewing fortresses and yet no one know where the money really comes from!!! FUNNY DON'T YOU THINK??

    April 13, 2011 at 9:38 pm | Report abuse |
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  13. ed Bailey

    Greed,power,fame,and fortune. Some say the world will end in fire,some say in ice. Well some of us think the first line will be it. And of all the things I could have lived without knowing, Barry bonds suffered shrinkage to his manhood!CNN stop it soon, MSNBC does have you beat by a 1000 fold!

    April 14, 2011 at 6:16 am | Report abuse |
  14. Lionell

    So I guess Fuddruckers and Ruby Tuesday are relegated to the NIT..errr...NIB enoruamtnt this year huh? Oh well, serves them right, all they had to do was win their conference enoruamtnt 😉

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