The United States Justice Department filed a brief on Tuesday, revealing that “it will not ask the U.S. Supreme Court to review an April appeals court ruling that overturned Barry Bonds’ 2011 obstruction of justice conviction,” effectively clearing the former Giants slugger.
The San Jose Mercury News reports that the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, “concluded there was insufficient evidence to back up the charge that his rambling testimony in December 2003 interfered with a federal grand jury probing the BALCO steroids scandal,” by a 10-1 ruling. Bonds had been indicted back in 2007 on perjury and obstruction of justice charges.
When he retired, Bonds had amassed 762 career home runs, 2,558 walks and 688 intentional walks — all MLB records — in 22 seasons with the Pirates and Giants.
[h/t: San Jose Mercury News]