The trial of former major league baseball player, Barry Bonds, is underway in U.S. District Court, a New York Criminal Lawyer has learned. The former San Francisco Giant all-star is accused of “obstructing justice and three counts of making false statements to a grand jury.”
During their opening arguments to the jury, prosecutors stated that when Bonds testified to the grand jury in 2003 that he had immunity and that all he had to do was to tell the truth, which they allege that he did not, the New York Criminal Lawyer was told. His testimony was in regards as to whether he had knowingly used anabolic steroids, which Bonds denied. Bonds baseball career was essentially over when he tested positive for “banned substances” during a team administered urine test. He has not played major league baseball since he was indicted in 2007.
One of those expected to testify against Bonds, is his former mistress who will reportedly testify that Bonds told her that he suffered from sexual dysfunction due to steroid use. His mistress was reportedly with the former ball player for more than 10-years and during two of his marriages.
As part of the courtroom drama unfolded, the presiding judge sent the jury from the room while she sentenced Bonds’ former personal trainer to jail for contempt of court for his refusal to testify. She went on to add that he would remain in jail until he chooses to testify. His lawyer has appealed the contempt charge, sources told a NYC Criminal Lawyer. Prosecutors contend that the former trainer is one who provided Bonds with illegal steroids and growth hormone injections.
Accusations of drug possession and steriod use in sports are nothing new. The first instance was just before the 1954 World Weight Lifting Championships. Major League Baseball was perhaps the last major sports organization to put a drug testing policy into force. Rumors abound that before Mark McGwire broke the record that a bottle of “supplements” was seen in his locker. He retired soon after. It was not long afterwards that other athletes would make headlines for admitting to steroid use. At least one of the problems is that with multi-million dollar contracts on the line, the temptation to gain an edge by any means may be a temptation that some are unable to resist.
Whether the charges involve sex crimes, a theft charge, or a drug possession charge, it is important to act promptly and seek legal counsel right away. Changes are, with skilled legal guidance, you will obtain a more favorable result than going it alone.
Being the object of a criminal investigation is an emotional roller coaster, defending against a criminal charge can be very difficult. If you have been charged with a crime, it is important to act promptly to ensure that your rights are protected. Speak to Stephen Bilkis and Associates for guidance and a free consultation.