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Barry Bonds obstruction verdict gets hearing

By By Susanna Capelouto CNN
Published On: Jul 01 2014 02:20:28 PM CDT
Updated On: Jul 01 2014 04:08:29 PM CDT
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(CNN) -

Baseball legend Barry Bonds will get another day in court to convince judges he did not obstruct justice during a federal investigation into illegal steroids use by pro athletes.

The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco issued an order Tuesday to have the case reheard by a larger panel of judges.

Last year a three-judge panel of that court upheld the former San Francisco Giants star's conviction.

"Upon the vote of a majority of nonrecused active judges, it is ordered that this case be reheard," the brief court order Tuesday read.

In 2011 Bonds was on trial facing three counts of perjury and one count of obstruction of justice stemming from the illegal steroid investigation within major league baseball.

A mistrial was declared on the three counts of perjury after jurors reported they could not reach an agreement, but the jury did convict Bonds of one count of obstruction of justice and he was sentenced to two years of probation and fined $4,000.

Jurors said at the time they found Bonds to be "evasive" in his testimony to the federal grand jury investigating illegal steroids use by pro athletes, but they said that it was not proven that he lied when he said he had not knowingly used steroids.

Since then Bonds, 49, has tried to get the conviction overturned.


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