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Former slugger Barry Bonds asks for full appeals hearing

Nov. 14, 2013 at 4:44 PM
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SAN FRANCISCO, Nov. 14 (UPI) -- Disgraced baseball star Barry Bonds has asked for a full hearing by a federal appeals court in San Francisco on his obstruction of justice conviction.

A three-judge panel upheld the conviction. Bonds' lawyer filed a petition Tuesday asking for an en banc hearing with all the 9th Circuit appeals judges deciding on the case, Courthouse News Service reported.

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Bonds played seven years with the Pittsburgh Pirates and 15 years with the San Francisco Giants. Late in his career, he became embroiled in a scandal over alleged steroid use.

While Bonds has never been charged with drug use, he was indicted on federal perjury and obstruction charges involving his testimony before a grand jury. The charges involved a response to a question about his alleged steroid use with Bonds talking at length about his father, Giants star Bobby Bonds, and about the problems being a "celebrity child."

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