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Friday, December 05, 2008
The Bonds ChargesThe prosecutors in the Barry Bonds case have now officially dropped a handful of charges:
Federal prosecutors dropped four counts of lying to a grand jury against Barry Bonds, leaving him to face trial next year on 10 counts of making false statements plus an additional obstruction of justice charge.
As I mentioned a couple of weeks ago, there is nothing really game-changing about this from a legal perspective. That said, there are still several questions and answers that form the basis of the perjury charges that I believe to be vague and ambiguous. I've seen juries acquit defendants on stronger records and convict them on weaker ones, so I can't really say with any certainty how this will all play out. If you put a gun to my head I'd say that Barry has a decent shot of getting off, but you know what they say about opinions.
For my hyper-detailed breakdown of the Bonds grand jury testimony at issue in the trial, go here. The charges have changed since I wrote that, but the underlying facts are still the same.
Posted by Craig Calcaterra at 9:15am
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