SAN FRANCISCO -- Barry Bonds' lawyers have filed their reply brief in their appeal of his obstruction of justice conviction.
After receiving the brief on Thursday, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals set a date for oral arguments in the case of the career home run leader. A hearing before a three-judge panel is likely late this year, with a decision possible in 2013.
A jury in April 2011 found Bonds guilty on the obstruction count, which stemmed from his statement to the grand jury that he was a "celebrity child."
The jury failed to reach a unanimous verdict on three counts charging him with making false statements to a grand jury in 2003 when he denied using performance-enhancing drugs and testified he allowed only doctors to inject him. The government then dropped the other charges.