Barry Bonds prosecutors swung for the fences 

US prosecutors took aim at Barry Bonds for his alleged use of illegal performance-enhancing drugs, calling him before a grand jury and eventually taking him to court on perjury and obstruction charges.

Click on the photo at right to see a slideshow of the players in the Barry Bonds perjury trial.

Dec. 4, 2003: Barry Bonds testifies to a federal grand jury that he used a clear substance and a cream given to him by personal trainer Greg Anderson, but that he didn’t know they were steroids, according to transcripts.

July 15, 2005: BALCO President Victor Conte and Anderson plead guilty to steroids distribution and money laundering.

Oct. 18, 2005: Conte is sentenced to four months in prison and four months of home confinement. Anderson is sentenced to three months in prison and three months of home confinement.

March 30, 2006: Conte is released. He insists he never gave performance-enhancing drugs to Bonds.

April 14, 2006: Sources say a federal grand jury is investigating whether Bonds committed perjury when he testified in 2003 that he never knowingly used steroids.

July 5, 2006: Anderson is found in contempt of court and ordered back to prison after refusing to testify before the federal grand jury investigating Bonds for perjury.

Feb. 20, 2007: Bonds starts spring training with a pointed challenge to prosecutors: “Let them investigate. Let them. They’ve been doing it this long.”

November 2007: Bonds’ contract with the Giants expires, making him a free agent.

Nov. 15, 2007: Federal prosecutors indict Bonds on perjury and obstruction-of-justice charges, accusing him of lying to a grand jury when he denied knowingly using performance-enhancing drugs.

Feb. 29, 2008: A judge agrees with Bonds’ attorney that prosecutors must edit out many of the alleged lies or seek a new indictment, which could contain more charges. The judge also orders Bonds’ secret grand jury testimony to be unsealed.

May 13, 2008: Federal prosecutors file a new indictment, charging the home run king with 14 counts of lying to a grand jury and one count of obstruction.

June 6, 2008: Bonds pleads not guilty to the 15 counts. A court date is set for March 2, 2009.

Feb. 27, 2009: Bonds’ trial is delayed after prosecutors challenge a judge’s earlier ruling denying the use of evidence of his allegedly positive steroid tests and doping calendars allegedly linked to him.

June 11, 2010: A federal appeals court upholds the judge’s decision barring the allegedly positive doping tests from being submitted as evidence. Prosecutors move ahead with the case anyway.

March 21, 2011: Bonds’ trial begins. He faces four counts of making false statements, along with an obstruction-of-justice charge. The judge would later dismiss one of the false-statement charges.

March 23: Bonds’ former friend and business partner Steve Hoskins testifies that the ex-Giant’s use of steroids seemed to be getting out of hand in the early 2000s.

March 28: Kimberly Bell, Bonds’ ex-mistress, testifies that Bonds confessed his steroid use to her. On the same day, Giants equipment manager Mike Murphy tells the court Bonds’ hat size grew after 1999.

March 31: Kathy Hoskins, Bonds’ former personal shopper, reluctantly testifies that she saw Anderson inject Bonds in the abdomen in 2002. Dr. Arthur Ting, a surgeon who treated Bonds, proves a powerful witness to the defense, contradicting much of Steve Hoskins’ testimony.

April 5: The prosecution rests.

April 6: The defense chooses not to call any witnesses and rests.

April 8: The jury begins deliberating.

Wednesday: The jury renders its verdict: Bonds is found guilty of obstruction of justice, but jurors cannot decide on the three perjury counts. The judge declares a mistrial on those counts.

 

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