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Judge Allows Steroids Testimony Of Former Players At Bonds Trial

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Former Major League Baseball player Barry Bonds (L) arrives for an arraignment hearing on March 1, 2011 in San Francisco. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Former Major League Baseball player Barry Bonds (L) arrives for an arraignment hearing on March 1, 2011 in San Francisco. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

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SAN FRANCISCO (CBS / AP) ― A federal judge is allowing the testimony of former baseball players and their drug-dealing relationship with Barry Bonds’ former personal trainer during the former San Francisco Giants slugger’s perjury trial.

Bonds’ trial begins later this month on charges that he lied to a grand jury in 2003 when he said he never knowingly took performance-enhancing drugs.

Other baseball players are expected to testify that personal trainer Greg Anderson provided them with performance-enhancing drugs and detailed instructions on how to use them.

Bonds’ lawyers argued that their testimony shouldn’t be allowed because Anderson is refusing to testify and therefore cannot corroborate their stories.

But U.S. District Court Judge Susan Illston ruled Monday that prosecutors can use the testimony to support their position that Anderson supplied Bonds with the same drugs and instructions that others received.

(Copyright 2011 by CBS San Francisco. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. Wire services may have contributed to this report.)

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