All-time home run leader Barry Bonds wants a federal appeals court to toss out his felony obstruction conviction, according to a 70-page legal brief filed by Bonds' lawyers on Thursday with the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.
The lawyers contend, as does Bonds, that his conviction was based on an irrelevant, yet true answer to a grand jury question about whether his trainer provided him with an injectable substance.
Instead of answering the question directly, Bonds said that he was a "celebrity child," a response a jury decided after a trial last year was an obstruction of justice.
However, the jury deadlocked on three other perjury charges alleging that Bonds lied to a grand jury when he denied knowingly taking performance-enhancing drugs.
Federal prosecutors are expected to file an opposition later this month.
Quinn Roberts is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.