Bonds conviction on obstruction: Will it stand?

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Barry Bonds, left, and his attorney Allen Ruby face the media outside a federal court building Wednesday, April 13, 2011, in San Francisco. The former baseball player was convicted of one count of obstruction of justice. The jury failed to reach a verdict on the three counts at the heart of allegations that he knowingly used steroids and human growth hormone and lied to a grand jury about it. (AP Photo/George Nikitin)
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Barry Bonds, left, and his attorney Allen Ruby face the media outside a federal court building Wednesday, April 13, 2011, in San Francisco. The former baseball player was convicted of one count of obstruction of justice. The jury failed to reach a verdict on the three counts at the heart of allegations that he knowingly used steroids and human growth hormone and lied to a grand jury about it.

Barry Bonds avoided conviction on three of the four counts against him, but legal analysts say he will have trouble getting the lone guilty verdict thrown out.

On Wednesday, a jury convicted Bonds of obstruction of justice but deadlocked on whether he committed perjury in testifying before a grand jury about performance-enhancing drugs more than seven years ago.

U.S. District Judge Susan Illston presided over the trial and she is rarely overturned on appeal. Observers say she deftly handled the three-week trial.

Bonds is due back in court May 20 for another hearing.

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