Bonds' lawyers file appeal brief to obstruction charge

Bonds' lawyers file appeal brief to obstruction charge

Bonds' lawyers file appeal brief to obstruction charge
Former Major Leaguer Barry Bonds' lawyers argued in an appeal brief filed Thursday that the slugger's obstruction of justice conviction should be overturned.

Bonds' lawyers argued in Thursday's brief that the charge of which Bonds was eventually convicted was not mentioned in the original indictment and the court's instructions to the jury were erroneous. The slugger's lawyers also argued, among other things, that Bonds' statements were truthful but unresponsive, with Bonds answering a similar question later in his testimony.

The appeal, which will be heard in the United States Ninth District Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco, has yet to be scheduled. Arguments will likely be heard later this year by a three-judge panel, with a decision expected next year, according to The Associated Press.

Bonds was convicted of obstruction in April 2011 after he delivered rambling testimony about being a celebrity child before a grand jury in 2003, when he was asked about former trainer Greg Anderson. Jurors, who found Bonds not guilty on three charges, nonetheless believed that Bonds' answer was evasive.

Prosecutors claim Bonds' response was intended to mislead the grand jury and that the conviction should be upheld.

Quinn Roberts is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.