3 Democratic appointees to hear Bonds' appeal
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Barry Bonds' appeal of his felony obstruction of justice conviction will be heard by three federal judges who were each appointed by a different Democratic president.
The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Monday unveiled its February schedule, which showed publicly for the first time the three judges assigned to Bonds' case.
Senior Circuit Judges Mary M. Schroeder and Michael Daly Hawkins along with Judge Mary H. Murguia will hear oral arguments Feb. 13.
Jimmy Carter appointed Schroeder in 1979. She wrote an opinion in 2010 upholding U.S. District Judge Susan Illston's ruling to bar the testimony of former Bay Area Laboratory Co-operative executive James Valente from Bonds' trial, which led to the exclusion of some BALCO records that the government maintained included positive drug tests.
Bonds, baseball's career home run leader, was still convicted by a jury in 2011 that concluded he gave an "intentionally evasive, false or misleading" answer to a grand jury in 2003 when he was asked whether Greg Anderson, his personal trainer, ever gave him "anything that required a syringe to inject yourself with?"
Bonds gave a rambling response during which he said "I became a celebrity child with a famous father. I just don't get into other people's business because of my father's situation."