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Will “Balco” Bonds Ever Go to Court?

Barry "Balco" Bonds taking aim on Hank Aaron and his home run record before becoming the alltime home run champion.

It has been two years since Barry “Balco” Bonds was indicted for four counts of perjury and obstruction of justice.

A trial that was supposed to begin last February was postponed indefinitely by U.S. District Court Judge Susan Illston before jury selection was underway and now nine months later there is no timetable for when the trial will take place.


Key Evidence Disallowed

When Greg Anderson the former trainer of Bonds told Judge Illston he would not testify in the trial it prompted the judge to disallow the admittance of some key evidence against Bonds including positive drug tests and doping calendars that Anderson could have verified to the veracity of that evidence.

Anderson has already proved that he will be loyal to Bonds even if it means more prison time since he has served over 15 months already solely to prevent himself from having to testify against Bonds.

It is intriguing to try to understand Anderson’s loyalty toward Bonds. Has Bonds offered to award Anderson financially for his loyalty?


Anderson’s Loyalty To Bonds

If he has already or plans to reward Anderson in the future Bonds would be subject himself to felony charges if found out. If Bonds is paying off Anderson it would have to be by cash money payments with no paper trail left behind.

Time will tell if Bonds ever goes to trial since two years after the original indictment we are no closer to a trial than we were in October of 2007.

Bonds will probably never play on a major league baseball diamond again but at the same time he may never enter a federal prison the way Judge Illston is conducting his perjury trial which may or may not actually happen.

It would not surprise me to see this trial delayed for years to come and perhaps never take place.


Cartoon-like Features

The question is not so much if Bonds took steroids because the evidence was there for baseball fans to see every time he took the field with his cartoon like features.

We may never hear the testimony that could seal his fate and reveal him to be the cheater he was while Hank Aaron played by the rules and set the alltime home record only to see it broken by a cheater.

An interesting sidenote  is that Troy Ellerman who leaked the testimony of Bonds, Gary Sheffield and Jason Giambi before the grand jury has spent more time in prison than any other figure connected with the BALCO laboratory. Meanwhile Sheffield and Giambi continue to play baseball and Bonds could have played if not for no team wanting to hire a cheater.

Nathaniel Vinton of the I-Team blog wrote this about Ellerman:

After a lengthy investigation during which reporters Mark Fainaru-Wada and Lance Williams were nearly sent to jail rather than reveal their sources, Ellerman admitted to leaking the testimony. He was forced to resign from the California bar, and served 16 months in prison – longer than any other figure in the BALCO case.

So Bonds walks free while the wheels of justice turn agonizingly slowly leaving baseball fans wondering if Bonds will ever have to face the perjury charges.


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