Judge Grants Prosecutors More Time to Decide on Bonds Perjury Retrial

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A federal judge gave prosecutors more time to decide whether home run record-holder Barry Bonds should face another perjury trial.

U.S. District Judge Susan Illston granted the prosecutors’ request Thursday. Prosecutors must decide whether Bonds should stand trial on three perjury charges on which a jury deadlocked after a monthlong trial ending April 13. The jury did convict Bonds of felony obstruction of justice after they determined he gave a misleading answer to a question about injecting steroids.

Prosecutors argued that the judge should first decide whether to toss out Bonds’ conviction for obstruction before scheduling a new trial. Bonds’ attorney have asked for an acquittal or a new trial on the obstruction charge.

The two sides are next scheduled back in court on Aug. 26.

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