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Written by Maury Brown   
Wednesday, 14 May 2008 03:47

Bonds Indictment Barry Bonds has been changed with 15 felony counts in revised indictment, claiming the current all-time homerun leader lied to a grand jury about knowingly using performance-enhancing substances, and as reported, “that he hampered the federal government's doping investigation.” As reported by ESPN:

The career home run leader originally was charged in November by a federal grand jury with four counts of perjury and one count of obstruction of justice.

The new indictment was issued in response to a February ruling by U.S. District Judge Susan Illston, who agreed with a defense motion that the initial indictment was potentially vague and ambiguous. The primary point was that the government charged several different lies in single counts, presenting potential problems for a jury.

On Tuesday, a grand jury handed up a superseding indictment charging Bonds with 14 counts of making false declarations to a grand jury in 2003 and one count of obstruction of justice. No new lies were alleged in the new indictment and Bonds wouldn't serve additional prison time if convicted.

As has been the case from the outset, the charges all stem from whether Bonds’ former personal trainer, Greg Anderson, supplied Bonds with steroids, hGH and possible other PEDs, and that Bonds knowingly knew what they were and used them.

(Read the indictment in full

Bonds had been scheduled to have a hearing on the case on June 6, but with the changes in the indictment, it is unclear whether Bonds will be scheduled to make a plea at that time.

 
 
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