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SAN FRANCISCO – Barry Bonds is getting another chance to erase his felony conviction for obstruction of justice.
His lawyer on Thursday urged a special 11-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to overturn the conviction stemming from his 2003 appearance before a grand jury. A jury in 2011 convicted him for giving a rambling answer to a question about whether he received injections from someone other than his doctor.
Bonds' lawyers argue that prosecutors should have asked the question again if they were unsatisfied with the answer.
A three-judge panel of the 9th Circuit upheld the conviction, but the court agreed to reconsider the case and have it decided by the 11-judge panel.