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SAN FRANCISCO -- Barry Bonds was found guilty of obstruction of justice but a jury failed to reach a verdict on three other counts that the home run king lied to a grand jury in 2003 when he specifically denied that he knowingly used steroids and human growth hormone.

Following a 12-day trial and almost four full days of deliberation, a jury could not reach a unanimous vote on three of four counts, a messy end to a case that put the slugger in the spotlight for more than three years.

Bonds sat stone-faced through the verdict, displaying no emotion.

The case also represented the culmination of the federal investigation into the Bay Area Laboratory Co-Operative steroids ring. Federal prosecutors and the Justice Department will have to decide whether to retry Bonds on the unresolved counts.

http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/news/story?id=6347014
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Yeah.. id be shocked if they threw him in jail... but they did throw marion jones in jail
 

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Count 2 which was whether or not someone other than Bonds injected him was 11-1.
That's the one I thought they had the best chance of convicting him on because of Kathy Hoskins' testimony. Proving that he knowingly took steroids/HGH without a single credible witness is nearly impossible and that's exactly what the prosecution tried to do.

And I very, very much doubt he's going to jail. I suspect a probation sentence or at the very worst house arrest.
 

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I'm not saying that what Bonds allegedly did wasn't illegal, but really there was never any real chance of getting a meaningful conviction out of this. It seems to me that whoever decided to prosecute this case can not really have believed this was the most useful way to use their budget. Hell there are still violent drug cartels in this country, lots of greedy bastards cheating senior citizens...And there's plenty of cases out there where you could put someone in jail who needs to be there.

Of course I could never stand Bonds and I'm not saying this is some great injustice. It's just a big waste to tax money and bureaucratic red tape.
 

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I think this case had more to do with the government wanting to remind players that no one is above the law. They probably won't even continue with the other three counts if this one sticks.
 
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