And so the Barry Bonds saga rages on. With little end in sight.
What once seemed like closure on the horizon — a perjury trial for baseball’s home run king set to begin Monday, nearly six years after the BALCO scandal first erupted — now has been put on indefinite hold.
The government announced Friday its intention to appeal pretrial rulings that would keep out significant pieces of evidence, bringing the case to a screeching halt despite Judge Susan Illston’s chastising prosecutors for even considering an appeal at the 11th hour.
The start to the trial, legal experts say, likely will be delayed several months, if not considerably longer.
My prediction: this never goes to trial. There’s no way the feds win this appeal, and if they don’t think they can win the trial now, nothing is going to change later. The appeal will be briefed and argued, Bonds will win, and the feds will drop this case.