Bonds’ Legal “Dream Team” Loses Big

by Randy Shaw on April 14, 2011

After Greg Anderson refused to testify and the trial judge excluded key evidence, few gave the U.S. Attorney’s office much of a chance to convict Barry Bonds on any of the charges. Add to this the high-cost legal dream team working for Bonds—which included such criminal defense superstars as Allen Ruby, Cris Arguedas, and Dennis Riordan—-and the question was not whether if Bonds would be acquitted, but how long the jury would deliberate. Well, jurors often surprise with their common sense. They saw Bonds the way the general public does, and convicted him of obstruction and came within a single holdout juror of a perjury conviction. If anyone is feeling sorry for Bonds, they aren’t talking about it.

Yes, the Bonds case was a poor use of U.S. Attorney resources. True, the case was pointless because there is no doubt in anyone’s mind that Bonds lied about using steroids. But that being said, once the government went to the trouble of prosecuting Bonds, he deserved to be convicted.

Bonds merits no sympathy because he is the worst form of liar—he lied to others and to himself. He convinced himself that his post 1999 homeruns and batting average was simply a product of hard work, not performance enhancing drugs.

Bonds is not a guy who grew up on the wrong side of the tracks and then got himself in trouble when he reached the top. To the contrary, he was raised in wealthy Atherton and now lives in Beverly Hills. He carries a chip on his shoulder based on mistreatment of his late father, not any conduct toward himself.

He mistreated his wives and mistresses, thought so little of teammates that he regularly skipped the Giants team photo, and was not missed when he finally was not given another contract with the team.

Now he is a convicted felon, and only has himself to blame.

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