11/16/2010

Drug test samples properly excluded from Barry Bonds' perjury case

The federal government is prosecuting Barry Bonds for perjury, because he denied - under oath - using performance enhancing drugs. Urine and blood samples tested positive for drugs, but the government struggled to prove that the samples actually came from Bonds. The trial court ruled that the samples could not be introduced into evidence; and the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed. Details of the case and the Ninth Circuit ruling are reported in the November issue of Proskauer Rose's sports law newsletter Three Point Shot. Without the test results, Proskauer doesn't think much of the government's case. It's take:
In an 0-2 hole against Bonds, you might think the prosecutors would head to the showers but, instead, the government has opted to go forward with its remaining evidence. A new trial date is set for March 2011.