“There aren’t many criminal cases in the history of Anglo-American jurisprudence in which a testifying target of a grand jury investigation did not, at least for a moment, try to fudge his way out answering a question. One of the first things you’re taught in law school is that it’s your job as the lawyer to rein the witness in and get him to answer. The prosecutor eventually did that here. And then the prosecutor decided to literally make a federal case out of the fact that a witness rambled for a minute, calling it obstruction of justice. The jury, it’s worth noting, thought it was a joke too, but they felt their hands were tied.
And now, it appears, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals has agreed.
So, call Bonds a liar, if you must. Call him a cheater. Call him the Home Run King. All of those are more or less accurate. But you can’t call him a convicted felon anymore.”