Barry Bonds' next hearing postponed until June 24
Tuesday, May 24, 2011
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- The next court hearing for former San Francisco Giants star Barry Bonds has been postponed a second time.
The U.S. District Court in San Francisco said Tuesday that Bonds' trial setting hearing would be continued from June 17 to June 24 due to the court's "unavailability."
The seven-time MVP was convicted April 13 of one count of obstruction of justice for giving an evasive answer in 2003 to a grand jury investigating the distribution of performance-enhancing drugs.
The jury deadlocked on three counts charging Bonds with making false statements when he denied knowingly using performance-enhancing drugs and when he said only his doctors injected him. Prosecutors have not said whether they will retry Bonds on those counts.
At the upcoming hearing, Bonds' lawyers could file motions asking U.S. District Judge Susan Illston to overrule the jury's obstruction verdict or order a new trial.
The hearing was originally scheduled for May 20 but both sides agreed to push it back a month.