Lawyers for Barry Bonds, Major League Baseball’s greatest home run hitter, knocked one out of the park for the slugger, enabling him to cross home plate into the Baseball Hall of Fame.
In a 77-page opinion on Wednesday, the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals overturned his 2011 obstruction of justice conviction; the court also ruled that he cannot be retried for the charge. The court voted 10 to 1 to reverse the conviction.
Federal prosecutors indicted Bonds in 2007 for his testimony four years earlier before a grand jury investigating the Bay Area Laboratory Cooperative.
He was convicted for his response when asked about whether Greg Anderson, his personal trainer, gave him anything that required a syringe to inject himself.
Bonds was subject to an investigation into illegal steroid use. The decision leaves federal prosecutors without a single conviction of Bonds. The decision is expected to pave Bonds’s way into the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum in Cooperstown, N.Y.
Bonds who played for the Pittsburgh Pirates and the San Francisco Giants set a single season of home run record in 2001 by knocking 73 balls out of the park. He also hit a record 762 home runs during his 22-year Major League Baseball career.
In his third year of eligibilty for the Baseball Hall of Fame, Bonds was named on only 36.8 percent of the ballots, far below the 75 percent needed for induction.