Bonds asks for extension to May 4 in appeal

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SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Barry Bonds has asked for a second extension to file written arguments in his appeal to overturn his obstruction of justice conviction.

Bonds' lawyers asked the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Friday to extend the deadline from April 20 to May 4. The original deadline had been March 21 before the court granted a 30-day extension last month.

Dennis Riordan, Bonds' appeals lawyer, said in a filing to the court that his office could not meet the April 20 deadline because of several other cases it was involved in.

Bonds' appeal will be randomly assigned to a three-judge panel that will hear oral arguments this year. A decision is not likely until 2013.