December 16th, 2011
02:46 PM ET

Bonds sentenced to 30 days of house arrest; appeal pending

[Updated at 3:21 p.m. ET] Baseball legend Barry Bonds was sentenced Friday to 30 days of house arrest for an obstruction of justice conviction in connection with his 2003 testimony to a federal grand jury investigating pro athletes' illegal steroids use.

But the sentence, which also includes two years of probation and a $4,000 fine, will be put on hold pending an appeal.

The sentencing came in a San Francisco federal courtroom near the ballpark where he broke Hank Aaron's major league home run record in 2007. Federal prosecutors had wanted Bonds, 47, to serve 15 months in prison, according to a sentencing memo filed in court earlier this month.

Jurors who found Bonds guilty in April said he was evasive in his December 2003 testimony, which was part of the BALCO investigation that targeted employees of a California drug testing laboratory and Bonds' personal trainer Greg Anderson.

The testimony that led to Bonds' conviction came when a grand jury prosecutor asked him whether Anderson ever gave him "anything that required a syringe to inject yourself with."

Bonds told the grand jury that only his personal doctors "ever touch me," and he then veered off the subject to say he never talked baseball with Anderson. In closing arguments two weeks ago, a federal prosecutor said Bonds lied to the grand jury because he knew the truth about his steroids use would "tinge his accomplishments" and hurt his baseball career. Defense lawyers had argued that Bond' thought the creams and ointments Anderson was giving him were made of flaxseed oils.

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SI.com: Was the Bonds prosecution worth it?
Lawyers will be back in court on May 20 to debate whether Barry Bonds should be retried on the perjury counts.
April 14th, 2011
04:26 PM ET

SI.com: Was the Bonds prosecution worth it?

After 16 days of testimony and deliberations, the Barry Bonds trial saga ended in the most anticlimactic of ways, with no clear winner emerging from the courtroom. Assigned to determined whether the legendary ball player had lied before the BALCO grand jury in 2003 and had given false testimony, jurors were unable to reach a conclusion, deadlocking Wednesday on three perjury counts.

The jury did find Bonds guilty of one count of obstruction of justice, a charge that alleged he  avoided answering certain questions. But was this small victory for the prosecution - one that may not require jail time for the eight-time Golden Glove winner - enough to justify spending millions of taxpayer dollars? Was the prospect of key prosecution witness Greg Anderson refusing to testify insignificant enough to pursue the charges against Bonds anyway? SI.com's George Dohrmann isn't so sure:

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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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