U.S. appeals court to take another swing at Barry Bonds criminal case

Reuters News
Posted: Jul 01, 2014 1:51 PM

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - A U.S. appeals court on Tuesday said it would revisit the criminal case against baseball home run king Barry Bonds over allegations that he used steroids to help him bash more long balls, according to a filing.

Last year a three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco affirmed a conviction against Bonds for obstruction of justice. The 9th Circuit has now vacated that ruling, and the case will be reviewed by a larger, 11-judge panel.

Bonds last played in 2007, and is Major League Baseball's career home run leader with 762. He also holds the single-season record with 73 in 2001, and won the National League's Most Valuable Player award a record seven times.

But suspicions over drugs tarnished his legacy, and he has not been admitted into the sport's Hall of Fame.

(Reporting by Dan Levine; Editing by David Gregorio)