Judge Rules Former Players Must Testify At Bonds Trial

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) ― A federal judge has ruled that some of Barry Bonds former teammates, along with other retired Major League Baseball players, will have to testify at the former San Francisco Giants slugger’s upcoming perjury trial.

The ruling was made Friday by U.S. District Court Judge Susan Illston.

KCBS’ Mark Seelig Reports:

Lawyers for Bonds had argued for the exclusion of the players because of their ties to Greg Anderson, Bonds’ former personal trainer who is refusing to testify against the slugger.

The judge has barred much of the evidence relating to Anderson because of his willingness to go to prison on contempt charges rather than testify at the trial set to start March 21.

The 46-year-old Bonds has pleaded not guilty to 10 counts of perjury and an obstruction charge after telling a grand jury in December 2003 that he never knowingly took steroids.

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  • Donald Feaster

    Why is our broke government pressinig this case. We all know he did the drugs. He’s retired from baseball in disgrace. Is it so necessary for the city and county of San Francisco to spend any more money, even a dime, on lthis old hasbeen news. He didn’t hurt anyone but himself Just some slimeball on the DA’s staff wanting to make a name for himself at the tax payers expense. It would be interesting to see what this has cost the tax payer to date. Sure, if it was a “real” crime, go for it. But this was not a crime that hurt anyone but Bonds himself.

    • Damian S

      Isn’t it a FED case??? The City & County of SF worship the ground he walks on, so I’m sure they’d LOVE to see it go away too… Bonds is pure GARBAGE anyway!!!!!

  • Steve

    Yeah, I think this is a FED case. But, since everybody pays federal taxes too, our money is still paying for this garbage. I thought it was a waste of time to try and prove this perjury garbage and i still think it is. There are more murderers, rapists etc… that needs to be put away than some guy that might have took illegal drugs for his own gain. I never actually saw him take them, so I dont know if it really happened or not. TOO BAD THOSE FEDS CANT JUST FORGET ABOUT HIM. BUT I ALREADY DID.

  • Rt in Danville

    Go after Barry. USA us built on laws that we all follow. Barry and the Giants financially benefitted from steroids. Other teams and players lost money in their incentive based contracts due to his extra strength and game winning HR’s. The Giants were on tv everygame and received a cash windfall for his illegal deeds. Steroids are illegal. We should not let him go free for the sole reason he is retired from baseball. Would you let a child molesting priest go free today because the boy he raped 15 years ago is now an adult?

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  • Don Dover

    our government should worry about our countrys jobless rate, the fact that our gorvenment can’t pay us our taxes on time than worrying about who did steroids and who didn’t. Also on Bonds in the hall of fame why shouldn’t he every used steroids and didn’t do the things Bonds did, and as far as I know you are innosent until proven guilty anfd no one has proved Bomnds did steroids. So we are hearing all this junk thanks to a jealouis ex ball player Jose the joke Cansecco’

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