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“The question is repeated and answered very directly,” Riordan said. “It is impossible to find he evaded or impeded justice by the ‘celebrity child’ answer when the same question is put twice in a row and answered directly.”

Prosecutors declined comment. But legal analysts said the government expected to argue that the jurors had a transcript of Bonds‘ entire grand jury testimony during deliberations.

Jurors said after the verdict that Bonds‘ testimony was evasive throughout his entire grand jury appearance.

“When you’re in front of a grand jury you have to answer. … He gave a story rather than a yes-or-no answer,” said Fred Jacob, the 56-year-old jury foreman. “

What’s more, the defense has several other obstacles to overcome in their attempt to wipe out Bonds‘ conviction.

Stanford Law School professor William Gould said it will be difficult to say persuasively that the obstruction conviction is incompatible with the other charges just because the other lack verdicts.

“It’s hard to argue there are mutually exclusive charges when you have only a verdict on a single charge,” Gould said.

Still, Bonds does have the benefit of being represented by one of California’s top appellate attorneys.

Even before the trial started, Riordan succeeded in getting a trove of evidence tied to Bonds‘ personal trainer excluded from the trial because Anderson refused to testify. Riordan also was instrumental in compelling prosecutors to rewrite the Bonds indictment three times and streamlining the charges against his client. Finally, Riordan persuaded Illston to dismiss a perjury charge before the trial began March 21.

His success makes him a busy man. On Tuesday, while the jury deliberated, Riordan flew to Los Angeles so he could appeal the murder conviction of music producer Phil Spector.


AP Sports Writer Ronald Blum contributed to this report.