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Bail Bonds: No Jail for Bonds?

Monday, December 12, 2011
Barry Bonds
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Barry Bonds, long time San Francisco Giants star, stated he had no knowledge of taking human growth hormones or steroids during his baseball career.  Bonds was convicted with obstruction of justice and is scheduled to be sentenced in a federal court on Dec. 16. Bonds’ attorneys say because of his long history of goods done for the public that he deserves probation instead of prison. What are your thoughts on famous sports athletes and serving time?

See the full story below from Thomson Reuters News & Insights.

Baseball home run king Barry Bonds should receive no jail time for his conviction on a single criminal count related to an investigation of steroids in sports, his attorneys argued in a court filing on Tuesday.

A Northern California jury convicted Bonds in April on one count of obstruction of justice, but deadlocked on three other counts of lying to a grand jury.

The steroids scandal has tarnished some of the biggest stars in baseball.

Bonds is scheduled to be sentenced in a San Francisco federal court on Dec. 16. In a sentencing memorandum submitted on Tuesday, his attorneys said Bonds deserved probation.

Among the reasons for no prison, Bonds' lawyers cited a long history of good works, done away from the public eye.

"He has deliberately not chosen to use the many years he has devoted to causes that he values to enhance his public stature as an athlete and celebrity," attorney Allen Ruby wrote.

U.S. prosecutors have not yet submitted their sentencing recommendation for Bonds.

The Bonds prosecution stemmed from his testimony to a 2003 grand jury investigating the Bay Area Laboratory Co-operative, or BALCO.

Testifying to the grand jury, Bonds admitted getting flaxseed oil, vitamins, protein shakes and creams from his trainer, but he said he had no knowledge of human growth hormones or steroids. He said no one ever injected him other than medical doctors.

Bonds was the National League's most valuable player seven times and finished his career in 2007 with 762 home runs, a Major League baseball record. Bonds, who spent much of his career with the San Francisco Giants, also set the single-season home run record with 73 in 2001.

He was indicted three months after breaking Hank Aaron's career homer record in 2007.

Original article: Barry Bonds seeks probation for criminal conviction