Feds drop Barry Bonds case


May 8, 2009
[h=1]The Feds finally end their prosecution of Barry Bonds[/h]

The U.S. Department of Justice formally dropped its criminal prosecution of Barry Bonds today, nearly eight years after he was first indicted on obstruction of justice and perjury charges. He was convicted on a single count of obstruction in 2011 but had his conviction overturned by the U.S. Court of Appeals in April of this year. He was acquitted on all perjury counts at his original trial.
As we have argued in painstaking detail, Bonds likely lied under oath during grand jury testimony back in 2003 when he was asked if he ever used performance enhancing drugs. The prosecution was unable to pin him down in a lie, however, because there were no other witnesses willing to testify to contradict him. The obstruction of justice count, based on Bonds’ rambling response to a question which Bonds eventually answered, was about as weak a count as they come. In almost any other case the government would decline to push forward with the prosecution based on a lack of evidence. In this case prosecutors, no doubt motivated by a high profile defendant in a high profile case pushed on.
In the end it cost taxpayers millions lasted nearly twelve years since his grand jury testimony and nearly eight years after his indictment. In the end, like so many times before, Barry Bonds walks.


they must put him in the hall of frame now


Ultimate Veteran
Nov 29, 2005
New York
I think Bonds should be in the hall simply because he was already a dominant player for a decade before he got jacked. McGwire was taking roids the entire time and Sosa only had a few good seasons before exploding.

With that said, I wouldn't mind if they let all those guys in. Steroids were so common in baseball at the time and no one really came down hard on them until after the fact.


Staff member
Nov 8, 2004
The "size" statement is not really an argument for or against steroid use. I will say, however, that steroid use does not equal instant talent. You can't just take steroids and magically become an amazing athlete. That's where I think a lot of people are wrong. It's not cheating in the sense that most people think it is.