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San Francisco Giants legend Barry Bonds will have another opportunity to fight a felony conviction. Arguments for that opportunity have been scheduled for the week of September 15 in San Francisco. The verdict given to the home run king back in 2011 said that Bonds gave an indirect testimony about athletes’ usage of performance enhancing drugs.
According to the Associated Press, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Tuesday a special panel of 11 judges will review the 2011 jury verdict.
Dennis Riordan, Bonds' appellate attorney, has come out with a statement further explaining the ongoing fight of the 2011 conviction, saying it is indeed still going on, and the courts are treating the issue with more of a sense of urgency.
"Mr. Bonds' challenge to his conviction is alive and well. A majority of the (court's) active judges have concluded that the issues raised by Mr. Bonds .... deserve greater consideration,” said Riordan, reported by the San Jose Mercury News.
Ever since he broke Mark McGwire’s single season home run record in the 2001 season, Bonds’ name has been linked to performance enhancing drugs. Because of his name being attached to steroids, he has not been voted into the Baseball Hall of Fame despite having incredibly overwhelming statistics.