Barry Bonds sentencing

Barry Bonds avoids jail time

12/16/11 in MLB   |   Dan_B   |   1067 respect

Barry Bonds will not have to spend any time in jail, a federal judge said today.

Instead Bonds faces 30 days of home confinement, a $4,000 fine, two years probation and 250 hours of community service. 

Baseball's all-time home run leader was convicted of obstructing justice in April in connection to a federal investigation of the BALCO laboratory. At the time the jury did not reach a verdict on the other three charges against Bonds, the former Pittsburgh Pirates' and San Francisco Giants' slugger.

Judge Susan Illston of the Northern District of California in the Ninth Circuit, indicated early in today's sentencing hearings that she would follow the the recommendation of the probation officer, who did not suggest jail time for Bonds. She also was apparently moved  Illston also indicated that she was impressed by charity work done by Bonds outside of the national spotlight. 

The government asked for Bonds to be sent to prison, arguing that home confinement in his mansion isn't really punishment. They also said that Bonds' community service should involve a public service announcement about his crime. 

The sentence will be suspended pending Bonds' appeal of the verdict. 
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12/17/11   |   littletaubrey   |   33 respect

aint going after the pot smokers better then messing with barry bonds

12/17/11   |   ML31   |   3673 respect

ed7496 wrote:
Well Barry Bonds lied, that the why part. Although it is kind of funny that politicians, a federal judge has the guts to punish a liar. Hell half of the politicians lie, and they lie about things a hell of a lot more dangerous than steroids. I'll bet a few of them have used something to enhance their performance. Barry did lie though, and his actions through all of this has been one of finger pointing, not taking responsibility for his actions, and blaming the media, well everyone but himself. After all the evidence was in, the proof was there. I didn't go on the attack Bonds bandwagon until all the evidence showed he was cheating, and lying. Now if any of us "regular" people would be in the same situation, we would have more than likely gotten jail time. It's a shame money and fame can get you out of jams that would cripple a normal person.

Let's be clear...  Maybe he lied maybe he didn't but here is no evidence Bonds did.  He did not get charged with perjury.  He was convicted of being evasive.  Obstruction of justice.  And even that could be argued is a flimsy conviction.  That is all.

I am, however, right there with you when the Feds opted to really go after Bonds when there are so many other bigger fish to fry.  I'd like to think that my tax dollars are being spend to hunt down the real criminals out there rather than try to punish a surly baseball player.

12/17/11   |   ed7496   |   310 respect

Talk2J wrote:
I do not understand why Barry Bonds had to go to court over steroid use. If steroids help a person to perform better should there be something wrong with using viagra then?

Well Barry Bonds lied, that the why part. Although it is kind of funny that politicians, a federal judge has the guts to punish a liar. Hell half of the politicians lie, and they lie about things a hell of a lot more dangerous than steroids. I'll bet a few of them have used something to enhance their performance. Barry did lie though, and his actions through all of this has been one of finger pointing, not taking responsibility for his actions, and blaming the media, well everyone but himself. After all the evidence was in, the proof was there. I didn't go on the attack Bonds bandwagon until all the evidence showed he was cheating, and lying. Now if any of us "regular" people would be in the same situation, we would have more than likely gotten jail time. It's a shame money and fame can get you out of jams that would cripple a normal person.

12/16/11   |   luciousj_s   |   2478 respect

Talk2J wrote:
I do not understand why Barry Bonds had to go to court over steroid use. If steroids help a person to perform better should there be something wrong with using viagra then?

 Good point my friend.These are individuals trying to please different women.
Like I said a very good point. And the down side is if one take the 100 mm
Rather than the 50 mm He is subject to a heart attack.

12/16/11   |   Talk2J   |   150 respect

I do not understand why Barry Bonds had to go to court over steroid use. If steroids help a person to perform better should there be something wrong with using viagra then?

12/16/11   |   ML31   |   3673 respect

luciousj_s wrote:
 What happen to B "Max"? Really it's ashame but these guys pay for it in the long run.
Putting your life on break down to gain the edge. Well big money causes this.

Remember what Jim Bouton wrote in his tell all book... 

"if there was a pill that could guarantee you would win 20 games but would take five years off of your life, players would take it."

And this was from when he played in the '60's!

12/16/11   |   luciousj_s   |   2478 respect

 What happen to B "Max"? Really it's ashame but these guys pay for it in the long run.
Putting your life on break down to gain the edge. Well big money causes this.

12/16/11   |   ML31   |   3673 respect

This should come as no surprise.  Yes, it's a flimsy punishment.  But then, so was the ridiculous obstruction of justice charge he was convicted of.