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Thursday, June 23, 2011

Barry Bonds Demands a Quick Retrial

Posted By on Thu, Jun 23, 2011 at 9:33 AM

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Barry Bonds is making an appearance in San Francisco court today to request that if prosecutors plan to retry him, they do it quickly.

The former Giants superstar was found guilty of obstruction of justice in April, yet the jury was deadlocked on three perjury counts, which led Judge Susan Illston to declare a mistrial.

Bonds' lawyers say that the U.S. Speedy Trial Act means Bonds has the right to know today whether he will be retried on the three perjury counts.

"If the government is to retry Mr. Bonds, it must do

so within the  time provided by the act," defense attorney Dennis

Riordan wrote.

The Speedy Trial Act requires a retrial within 70

days of the date of the April 13 mistrial, attorneys told reporters. Both sides earlier agreed to an additional 24-day delay, which means a new trial would have to start by the week of July 18.

Bonds has been accused of lying to the grand jury when he said he never knowingly used steroids.

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Erin Sherbert was the Online News Editor for SF Weekly from 2010 to 2015. She's a Texas native and has a closet full of cowboy boots to prove it.

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