Barry Bonds asks appeals court to overturn conviction

Barry Bonds

Lawyers for Barry Bonds submit that their client was the victim of prosecutors driven by "an intensity at times that bordered on zealotry." And so the Bonds team is asking a federal appeals court to overturn his 2011 conviction on obstruction-of-justice charges, the San Francisco Chronicle reports.

Because a trial jury deadlocked on whether he lied about taking PEDs, Bonds's lesser conviction hinges on what the prosecution cast as an evasive answer to this question: Had Bonds ever received injectable drugs from his trainer, Greg Anderson?

As Craig Calcaterra of Hardball Talk notes, however, Bonds did in fact answer the question in question.

And so I am provided with the opportunity to wield the Internet's greatest of acronyms: IANALB, it seems to me that Bonds and his defense team have a reasonable shot at having this conviction overturned on appeal.

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Dayn Perry has been a baseball writer for CBS Sports since early 2012. Prior to that, he wrote for and He's the author of three books, the most recent being Reggie Jackson: The... Full Bio

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