Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Bonds' new charges: Turning 4 into 14

In short, there's nothing new to this indictment (called a superceding indictment by legal folks), but what it does is take the 4 original charges, called "potentially vague and ambiguous" by the prior judge, and convert them into 14 individual charges, including obstruction.

The U.S. attorneys office filed a superseding indictment on Tuesday that turns four perjury counts against Barry Bonds into 14. He also faces an obstruction charge based on his grand jury testimony denying the use of performance-enhancing drugs.

[If you're into reading the actual indictment, click here.]

I was suggesting earlier today that so long as Bonds' (original) indictment didn't preclude him from leaving the country, that the Blue Jays seems like a pretty good landing spot for him right now. The Jays are starving for offense and just lost stud Vernon Wells for 6-8 weeks with a broken wrist. I doubt that Bonds is restricted from leaving but I suspect these modified charges won't help his P.R. 'case' to find a job anytime soon.

Unrelated tidbit: For those of you who like nailing others on editing or spelling or grammar, the AP wire had this: "The next hearing in the case is skedded for June 6." Guess the editor was out to dinner when they ran with this. Though, by the time you see the article, it will probably be fixed.

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