Talking Giants Baseball: A San Francisco Giants/Baseball Blog: CBS San Francisco (KPIX): Bonds Guilty Of Obstruction; Mistrial On Perjury; Plus my quick thoughts

Friday, April 15, 2011

CBS San Francisco (KPIX): Bonds Guilty Of Obstruction; Mistrial On Perjury; Plus my quick thoughts

SAN FRANCISCO (CBS 5 / KCBS) — The jury in the Barry Bonds trial found him guilty of obstruction of justice on Wednesday afternoon, but the judge declared a mistrial on several perjury charges after jurors indicated they couldn't reach unanimous agreement on those...



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Eric Byrnes of KNBR said it best. The whole trial was a waste of time, proving something that we already know.

The trial process cost $55 million and took eight years to finally complete. In a time of budget deficits in the trillions, the United States government could have spent the money on benefiting the country rather than giving Bonds a slap in the wrist.

The other athletes found guilty of obstructing justice in the BALCO case were all given house arrest. Although the penalty for such a crime is 15 to 21 months in prison, legal experts (according to KPIX) said that it is unlikely Bonds will face any jail time.

That said, Bonds was a great player and beloved in San Francisco. It would be interesting to see how Giants fans would react if they ever saw Bonds taken away in handcuffs -- or would the court let Bonds turn himself in with dignity like they did with KGO's Bernie Ward?

The bottom line is Barry Bonds knew what he did. If he would have just admitted it years ago, none of this mess would have happened, and Bonds would be in the Hall of Fame.

Now, it is a little less clear when or if Bonds will be voted in.

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