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Bonds Indicted ... GREAT Record now !!!!

11/15/2007

Bonds indicted on federal charges
Home run king charged with perjury, obstruction of justice

The Associated Press


SAN FRANCISCO -- Baseball superstar Barry Bonds was charged Thursday with perjury and obstruction of justice for allegedly lying when he said he did not use performance-enhancing drugs.
The indictment, unsealed Thursday by federal prosecutors in San Francisco, is the culmination of a four-year federal probe into whether he lied under oath to a grand jury investigating steroid use by elite athletes.

The indictment comes three months after the 43-year-old Bonds, one of the biggest names in professional sports, passed Hank Aaron to become baseball's career home run leader, his sport's most hallowed record. Bonds, who parted ways with the San Francisco Giants at the end of last season and has yet to sign with another team, also holds the game's single-season home run record of 73.

While Bonds was chasing Aaron amid the adulation of San Franciscans and the scorn of baseball fans almost everywhere else, due to his notoriously prickly personality and nagging steroid allegations, a grand jury quietly worked behind closed doors to put the finishing touches on the long-rumored indictment.

"I'm surprised," said John Burris, one of Bonds' attorneys, "but there's been an effort to get Barry for a long time. "I'm curious what evidence they have now they didn't have before."

Burris did not know of the indictment before being alerted by The Associated Press. He said he would immediately call Bonds to notify him.

The indictment charges Bonds with lying when he said that he didn't knowingly take steroids given to him by his personal trainer Greg Anderson. He also denied taking steroids at anytime in 2001 when he was pursuing the single-season home run record.

"During the criminal investigation, evidence was obtained including positive tests for the presence of anabolic steroids and other performance-enhancing substances for Bonds and other athletes," the indictment reads.

He is also charged with lying that Anderson never injected him with steroids.

"Greg wouldn't do that," Bonds testified in December 2003 when asked if Anderson ever gave him any drugs that needed to be injected. "He knows I'm against that stuff."

Bonds is by far the highest-profile figure caught up in the wide-ranging government steroids investigation launched in 2002 with the raid of the Bay Area Laboratory Co-Operative -- now infamously known as BALCO -- the Burlingame-based supplements lab at the center of a large steroids distribution ring.

Allegations of steroid use long have dogged Bonds, the son of an ex-Major Leaguer who broke into baseball with the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1986 as a lithe, base-stealing outfielder. By the late 1990s he'd grown to more than 240 pounds, with his head, in particular, becoming noticeably bigger.

Bonds' physical growth was accompanied by a remarkable power surge. During the 2001 season he broke Mark McGwire's single-season home run record, and by 2006, he'd passed Babe Ruth to move into second place among the sport's most prolific power hitters. On Aug. 7, he hit his 756th career home run to pass Aaron.

Speculation of his impending indictment had mounted for more than a year. In July 2006, the U.S. attorney in San Francisco, who led the investigation, took the unusual step of going public with the probe by announcing he was handing it off to a new grand jury when the previous panel's 18-month term expired. Prosecutors are typically secretive about grand jury proceedings.

At the center of the investigation is Bonds' childhood friend and personal trainer, Anderson, who spent most of the past year in a federal detention center for refusing to testify to the grand jury investigating Bonds' alleged perjury.

According to testimony obtained by the San Francisco Chronicle, Bonds testified in 2003 that he took two substances given to him by Anderson -- which he called "the cream" and "the clear" -- to soothe aches and pains and help him better recover from injuries.

The substances fit the description of steroids peddled by BALCO founder Victor Conte. But when questioned under oath by investigators, Bonds famously said he believed Anderson had given him flaxseed oil and an arthritic balm.

Investigators and the public had their doubts.

Aiming to prove Bonds a liar, prosecutors tried to compel Anderson to testify. When he refused, they jailed him for contempt.

Bonds joins a parade of defendants tied to the BALCO investigation, including Anderson, who served three months in prison and three months of home detention after pleading guilty to steroid distribution and money laundering.

Conte also served three months in prison after he pleaded guilty to steroids distribution.

Patrick Arnold, the rogue chemist who created the designer steroid THG, BALCO vice president James Valente and track coach Remi Korchemny all also pleaded guilty. Korchemny and Valente were sentenced to probation and Arnold sent to prison for four months.

Kirk Radomski, a former New York Mets clubhouse attendant, pleaded guilty April 27 to drug and money laundering charges after federal officials said he became Major League Baseball's biggest steroids dealer after BALCO shut down.

Elite cyclist Tammy Thomas and track coach Trevor Graham have each pleaded not guilty to lying to a grand jury and federal investigators about their involvement with steroids.

Troy Ellerman, a defense attorney who represented two of the BALCO figures, pleaded guilty to leaking confidential grand jury transcripts to the San Francisco Chronicle and then denying he was the leak in court documents filed under penalty of perjury.

Dozens of other prominent athletes have been connected to BALCO, including New York Yankees slugger Jason Giambi, who told the grand jury he injected steroids purchased at BALCO, and Detroit Tigers outfielder Gary Sheffield, who testified that Bonds introduced him to BALCO.


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The FRIKKEN GUY has so much Jouice ... he makes Jimmy Hendrixs Look like a short pants toddler..

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I wonder how the NAACP is goinn to take this one .... After Vicks...they probably feel TARGETED now !!!!!!!

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I wonder how the NAACP is goinn to take this one .... After Vicks...they probably feel TARGETED now !!!!!!!
On ESPN Stephen A. Smith said that race definitely played a part and that the average white athlete wouldn't have been targeted the way Bonds has been. He said that they conveniently let McGwire retire before coming after Bonds.
What do the Americans here think of that? Is that how this will be perceived in your country?
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Stephen A Smith is an annoying bastard that thinks he can get his point across by shouting and screaming. Easily the most annoying personality on television.

Bonds is a cheating scumbag and there is all the evidence in the world against him. What the FUK does race have to do with anything? That guy is talking out of his ass again, cant stand him.
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Don't be so naive...McGwire and probably half of the whole MLB have been doing steroids but they want to try and put Bonds in a corner and go after him only.

Its so funny to see how much Bonds is hated when you guys have no idea who he is. Ok, he cheated and used steroids like many other players, he just so happened to be the best player in the World with the help of them...People act like he introduced it to the game.

If they throw him in jail it will be a sad day. Their are people walking around who do much worse on a daily basis and nothing gets done to them.

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Don't be so naive...McGwire and probably half of the whole MLB have been doing steroids but they want to try and put Bonds in a corner and go after him only.

Its so funny to see how much Bonds is hated when you guys have no idea who he is. Ok, he cheated and used steroids like many other players, he just so happened to be the best player in the World with the help of them...People act like he introduced it to the game.

If they throw him in jail it will be a sad day. Their are people walking around who do much worse on a daily basis and nothing gets done to them.

The man LIED UNDER OATH and continues to deny the mounting evidence against him. I for one dont believe he should be thrown in jail for 30 years , the best punishment is to completely wipe out his so called record and give it back to the guy who did it cleanly, Hank Aaron.

The race card is so outplayed its ridicilous and i would say the same thing if Bonds was white, brown, green or purple. The man is a fraud of the highest order.
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Hank Aaron is la lot Blacker than me And I love him !!!! I truly dont have a race problem ... I do have a problem with compulsive liars and cheaters !!!!!

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Bill Clinton lied under oath too...what's okay for the president isn't okay for a baseball player?

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Bill Clinton is cool. So is Barry. People take too much of their lives worrying about what others do with theirs. That's sad.

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bahawah ..... Clinton was getting his rocks - off .... Cheating on his wife and no one else

This other character (Just LIKE Marion Jones....) has been cheating for PERSONAL gain and advantage USING prohibited & ENHANCING PERFORMANCE drugs along the way ...Maybe Clinton used VIAGRA ???? Thats OK Its LEGAL to have a hard on all the time :dielaugh: ... BIG ASS DIFFERENCE in my books !!!!



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Personally, I don't care what they take. Everything athletes do nowadays is trying to improve themselves. Some people might choose to eat a healthy meal and some might eat a few more burgers. Some people might train a few more hours than others. So no need to judge them. If they want to risk their health by taking some drugs, so be it. They will have to deal with that in life. The bottom line is that I think Bonds is a great hitter regardless what he took, period! The guy has a great hand eye coordination. I certainly don't think the drug would have helped him on that aspect of his game. In the end, he still has to hit the ball. If people want to talk about fairness, then might as well set a rule that requires every player should eat the same food, drink same liquid, train same amount of time every day, and blah, blah, blah...Otherwise, there is no fairness. All in all, we have to realize nothing is really fair in life, just like we often say, such is life...

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Personally, I don't care what they take. Everything athletes do nowadays is trying to improve themselves. Some people might choose to eat a healthy meal and some might eat a few more burgers. Some people might train a few more hours than others. So no need to judge them. If they want to risk their health by taking some drugs, so be it. They will have to deal with that in life. The bottom line is that I think Bonds is a great hitter regardless what he took, period! The guy has a great hand eye coordination. I certainly don't think the drug would have helped him on that aspect of his game. In the end, he still has to hit the ball. If people want to talk about fairness, then might as well set a rule that requires every player should eat the same food, drink same liquid, train same amount of time every day, and blah, blah, blah...Otherwise, there is no fairness. All in all, we have to realize nothing is really fair in life, just like we often say, such is life...


In a nutshell per your views to each its own ... fine and dandy ... BUT dont do ILLEGAL things and get CAUGHT ...at that POINT you pay the PRICE and that is it...

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Bonds' positive steroids test may be open to legal attack

By PAUL ELIAS, Associated Press Writer
November 17, 2007


SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- "I've never seen these documents," Barry Bonds said.

He was testifying before a federal grand jury investigating the Bay Area Laboratory Co-Operative, or BALCO, and had just been shown what prosecutors say was a positive steroid test conducted on a player named Barry B.

"I've never seen these papers," Bonds repeated, according to Thursday's indictment charging Bonds with perjury and obstruction of justice.

Those test results may now be the vital linchpin to proving he lied under oath.

Bonds' lawyers are expected to fiercely attack their reliability, much the way O.J. Simpson's legal team undermined the football star's murder case by questioning the handling of his blood samples.

Bonds' attorney, Michael Rains, declined to comment. But BALCO founder Victor Conte offered some insight Friday into how the slugger's legal team might cast doubt on the evidence.

It was November 2000, and Bonds was preparing for the season in which he would shatter Mark McGwire's single-season home run record.

According to Conte, himself a convicted steroids dealer, Bonds would visit the lab on Saturdays and after normal business hours with an entourage that included his trainer, Greg Anderson, and his personal physician, Dr. Arthur Ting.

Anderson had convinced Bonds to use BALCO to develop a dietary and supplement regimen, which Conte designed based on the results of the blood and urine samples.

Conte said Bonds was put through the same tests as other elite athlete clients, including tests to detect the use of 30 different steroids.

Conte hired Quest Diagnostics to do a "quick and dirty" analysis of the samples, to save money. The lab charged Conte $80 per test, rather than its usual $120, after Conte agreed to cut out much of the paperwork and elaborate protocol that typically accompany drug tests.

For instance, Conte said a licensed lab technician never watched Bonds urinate in the bottle. Nor were the samples ever formally sealed, dated and signed by an independent collector. There was also no formal process for who handled the samples at Quest, Conte said.

The indictment does not explain where prosecutors obtained the results, but Conte said they were seized when federal agents raided his lab in September 2003.

"If that's the smoking gun," Conte said, "it doesn't have any bullets."


The U.S. Attorney's office in San Francisco declined to comment.

Criminal defense attorneys not affiliated with the case say the reliability of blood and urine tests are always open to second-guessing even when the forensic handling is done flawlessly.

"There is always an opportunity to attack that kind of forensic evidence through its chain of custody," said attorney William Sullivan, who recently won an acquittal for former federal prosecutor Richard Convertino on an obstruction charge alleging he withheld evidence in a terrorism trial in Detroit.

"You look at how the evidence was preserved, who handled it," Sullivan said. "You can even attack the analysis itself."

Similar chain-of-custody problems exploited by Simpson's lawyers helped derail the prosecution's murder case against him.

Los Angeles County prosecutors argued that DNA testing on blood, hair and fibers collected at the murder scene proved Simpson's blood and the blood of the two victims were present.

But Simpson's defense team was able to cast doubt on whether the evidence tested was the same as that collected at the scene by showing that each piece of DNA evidence was handled by at least three people before it was tested.

The problems with the Simpson evidence prompted law enforcement agencies to adopt more stringent protocols. Few of those protocols were followed in collecting and analyzing Bonds' blood and urine, Conte said.

"I don't think you can prove those were Barry's samples," he said.

Another vulnerable spot in the government's case is Anderson's steadfast refusal to testify against Bonds.

Because federal prosecutors were so adamant that the trainer should go to prison for refusing to testify, the trainer's lawyers -- and most other observers -- believed Anderson's testimony was necessary to indict Bonds.

But Anderson was released from prison Thursday and, according to his lawyers, he never cooperated with the investigation. He could land back in prison, however, if prosecutors decide to call him as a witness during the trial and he refuses to testify.


Criminal defense attorneys said other parts of the government's case against Bonds are ripe for attack -- none bigger than the testimony of his former mistress, Kimberly Bell.

In 2005, Bell told a grand jury investigating Bonds for perjury that the slugger told her he used steroids. But Bell is open to withering cross-examination, lawyers said.

Rains said she was miffed that Bonds didn't pay her the nearly $200,000 she demanded when their 10-year relationship ended in 2003. Bell said she was asking Bonds to keep a promise to buy her house in Arizona, but Rains said the demand amounted to extortion.

The indictment cited 19 instances in which Bonds lied during his grand jury testimony, including several denials that he took performance enhancing drugs.

Little other evidence is presented in the indictment, but that doesn't mean prosecutors don't have something else up their sleeve, legal experts said.

"He testified four years ago and they indicted him Thursday," said New York criminal defense attorney Brad Simon, a former federal prosecutor. That tells me they have a new witness or some new evidence we don't know about that seals the deal."



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