05/25/11 12:12 AM ET
Bonds' post-trial hearing pushed to June 24
By John Schlegel / MLB.com
The U.S. District Court, Northern California District, said in a document released Tuesday that the court is unavailable for the rescheduled date of June 17. A hearing before Judge Susan Illston originally was scheduled for May 20 in the same San Francisco courtroom where Bonds' federal trial was held.
Bonds, a seven-time Most Valuable Player whose conquests of the single-season and career home run records capped a 22-year career, was convicted of obstruction of justice on April 13. But the jury of eight women and four men could not come to a consensus on any of the three counts of making false declarations in relation to Bonds' 2003 testimony before the Bay Area Laboratory Co-Operative (BALCO) grand jury, in which he denied knowingly using performance-enhancing drugs.
The hearing is expected to include a defense motion to set aside the obstruction of justice conviction against Bonds. The government also could determine then whether it will pursue retrial of any of the three charges of making false declarations that wound up in mistrial. A sentencing date for the obstruction conviction also could be set at that time.
The original hearing date of May 20 was moved at the request of both defense and prosecution attorneys.
John Schlegel is a national reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.