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Appeals court to hear Bonds' appeal on Feb. 13

Friday - 12/14/2012, 12:55am  ET

FILE - In this April 13, 2011, file photo, former baseball player Barry Bonds leaves federal court in San Francisco after being found guilty of one count of obstruction of justice. A federal appeals court will hear Bonds' appeal of the conviction early next year. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Thursday, Dec. 13, 2012, scheduled oral arguments for Feb. 13 before a three-judge panel in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Noah Berger, File)

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- A federal appeals court will hear Barry Bonds' appeal of his obstruction of justice conviction early next year.

The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Thursday scheduled oral arguments for Feb. 13 before a three-judge panel in San Francisco.

The career home run leader was convicted in April 2011 of one felony obstruction count for giving an evasive, rambling reply during a 2003 grand jury appearance when asked whether he received drugs that required a syringe.

The jury deadlocked on three charges he made false statements, and prosecutors dropped those counts in August 2011.

U.S. District Judge Susan Illston sentenced Bonds to 30 days of house arrest, two years of probation, 250 hours of community service in youth-related activities and a $4,000 fine. She delayed imposing the sentence pending the appeal.

Bonds' lawyers argue the answer was accurate and not meant to obstruct.

Bonds initially was charged in November 2007.


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