charged with lying to federal grand jury
Baseball homerun record holder Barry Bonds was indicted today
by a federal jury on charges of perjury and obstruction of justice.
If convicted, Bonds faces up to 30 years in prison.
Photo by Stephen Dorion Miner
By Ari Burack
November 15, 2007
A federal grand jury today indicted former San Francisco Giants
slugger Barry Bonds on charges of perjury and obstruction of justice.
Bonds, Major League Baseball's all-time home run leader, was
charged with four counts of perjury and one count of obstruction
of justice for "knowlingly and willingly" making false
statements under oath about his alleged use of anabolic steroids
and other performance enhancing substances, and for allegedly
obstructing justice during the Bay Area Laboratory Cooperative
investigation, U.S. Attorney Scott Schools said.
The indictment alleged that on Dec. 4, 2003, Bonds gave testimony
"that was intentionally evasive, false and misleading"
before a federal grand jury in San Francisco's Northern District
of California that was investigating whether Burlingame-based
Balco Laboratories, Inc. and Bonds' trainer Greg Anderson were
distributing illegal performance-enhancing drugs to professional
According to the indictment, when asked if he had ever taken
any steroids that Anderson gave him, Bonds responded, "Not
that I know of."
The indictment further alleged that Bonds denied Anderson or
any of his associates had ever injected anything into him with
a needle, or that Anderson ever gave him anything he said had
to be taken with a needle or syringe.
Bonds also denied receiving testosterone or human growth hormone
from Anderson, and said he had not received substances referred
to as "the cream" and "the clear" from Anderson
until after the 2002 baseball season, the indictment charged.
Bonds, 43, is scheduled to make an initial appearance on the
charges before a U.S. magistrate judge in San Francisco on Dec.
7 at 9:30 a.m., according to the U.S. Attorney's Office.
If convicted, Bonds could technically face up to five years in
prison for each count of perjury and 10 years in prison for obstruction
of justice, though a judge would first consider federal sentencing
guidelines in the case.
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