Posted 21 April 2011 - 02:32 AM
Ellerman has served his time and is back out on the street. He served 16 months and, if I recall correctly, ended up serving more time than anybody else involved in the case. Not sure if that has changed with all the different stints Greg Anderson has served. The whole case is incredibly fucked up in a lot of ways. Just about every party involved broke some law at some point. George Dohrmann wrote an article after the verdict that basically said nobody won. I agree with that.
As for the obstruction of justice verdict, that was totally bizarre. Every witness evades questions to one degree or another. Even in this very trial -- Kathy Hoskins and Kim Bell both seemed (from descriptions of their testimony) to deflect or outright avoid answering some questions. Every lawyer learns how to question a witness to force them into an answer. I'm the daughter of a lawyer, it was like being on trial every time you hand to answer if you fed the pet or did your homework.
Anyway, that obstruction of justice conviction was on the count specifically referring to a sort of non-sequitur about not getting into other people's business because he's a celebrity child. He directly answered the question eventually (which, actually, was one of the perjury counts). The legal basis of the conviction is that his story about being a celebrity child directly prevented the grand jury from carrying out justice in their investigation. It's nonsensical. I suspect, though anything could happen in this ridiculous case, that it might be overturned on appeal. Or even at the hearing next month.
Having said that, it's entirely possible that next month Judge Illston decides to unilaterally convict Barry Bonds on four counts of perjury but throw out the obstruction conviction. I don't even know if that's legally permissible (especially since she threw out one of the counts already). But who knows what the fuck could happen with this case.