U.S. Attorney says Bonds probe will continue
By Jeff Shuttleworth, Bay City News Service
July 20, 2006
SAN FRANCISCO (BCN) - U.S. Attorney for Northern California
Kevin Ryan said today that he will continue to investigate Barry
Bonds despite a decision not to indict him at this time on possible
perjury and tax evasion charges.
In a statement he read to reporters following a news conference
on an unrelated stock option backdating scheme, Ryan said, "We
are not seeking an indictment today in connection with the ongoing
steroid-related investigation and have postponed that decision
for another day in light of some recent developments."
But Ryan said "some unanswered questions remain in this
case" and "we intend to pursue the answers to those
Ryan said, "We will continue to move forward actively in
this investigation -- including continuing to seek the truthful
testimony of witnesses whose testimony the grand jury is entitled
Ryan may have been referring to Greg Anderson, Bonds' personal
trainer, who was held in civil contempt and sent to federal prison
in Dublin earlier this month for refusing to testify to the grand
jury that's been investigating Bonds.
Anderson was released from prison today because the term of the
current grand jury has expired.
Ryan said, "After we complete the investigation, we will
have a final conclusion about any charges, including whether charges
Ryan's statement will disappoint Bonds. Bonds' attorney, Michael
Rains, said earlier today that the federal probe has "plagued"
Bonds "off and on the field for more than three years"
and the San Francisco Giants star hopes that the decision not
to indict him now will end the matter.
Speaking to reporters outside the federal building in San Francisco,
which houses the grand jury room and Ryan's office, Rains said,
"There comes a time when an investigation becomes a persecution
and a witch hunt and that's where this investigation is."
Rains cited an old saying that it's not hard to get an indictment
and even a ham sandwich could be indicted.
"There's not enough evidence to indict a ham sandwich in
this case, let alone Barry Bonds," Rains said.
Rains said he believes the Bush Administration and the U.S. Justice
Department are "obsessed with Barry Bonds," given the
way the investigation has been conducted.
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