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Barry Bonds’ Trainer Refuses to Testify in Fed Court: Ordered Back to Prison


By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

The Barry Bonds slugfest began Tuesday with some drama  as the baseball slugger’s trial got underway in federal court in San Francisco.

U.S. District Judge Susan Illston ordered Bond’s boyhood friend and longtime weight trainer Greg Anderson back to prison Tuesday for the duration of the trial after he refused to testify, the San Francisco Chronicle reported. Bonds is accused of lying to a federal grand jury when he said he didn’t take steroids.

“If you change your mind and want to testify, just let everyone know ASAP,” the judge said, according to the paper.

Anderson is no stranger to prison. He’s already served more than a year for contempt for refusing to cooperate with fed prosecutors, who want him to deliver some damaging evidence. And the San Francisco Chronicle reported that he also severed several months in prison for steroid dealing.

In opening statements Tuesday, the prosecution portrayed Bonds as a experienced steroid user who lied about his use, the paper reported. Bond’s attorney countered by saying that Bond told the truth and was falsely accused by former bitter friends and associates.

It’s Game Time for Barry Bonds; Fed Trial in San Francisco Begins

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

It’s game time for the baseball legend Barry Bonds.

Jury selection begins Monday in federal court in San Francisco for the home run slugger who is charged with perjury and obstruction of justice for allegedly lying when he said he didn’t take steroids.

Bonds, 46, is not likely to face prison time even if convicted, according to the web site California Watch. The site reported that two defendants convicted of lying about steroids were sentenced to home confinement by Bond’s current judge, Susan Illston.

Ex-Baseball Commissioner Fay Vincent says an acquittal would greatly enhance Bond’s chances of making it into the Hall of Fame, according to California Watch.  A conviction would set him back in his bid at least 30 years, Vincent said.

S.F. U.S. Attorney’s Office Gets Bad News in Barry Bonds Case

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By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Home run slugger Barry Bonds just keeps knocking them out of the park in the legal arena.

On Friday, the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco upheld a federal judge’s ruling that bars three steroid tests from being introduced into his perjury case, a ruling that will weaken the federal government’s case, the San Franciso Chronicle reported. And it could potentially spell the end to the case for the U.S. Attorney’s Office in San Francisco.

Bonds, 45, had told a federal grand jury in 2003 he had never knowingly taken performance enhancing drugs. He was indicted in 2008 for perjury and obstruction of justice.

The court, in a 2-1 ruling,  barred the evidence because Bond’s trainer Greg Anderson, who had arranged the tests, refused to testify against Bonds, resulting in no valid evidence that Bond was the source of samples for the tests,  the San Francisco Chronicle wrote.

The prosecution had delayed the case pending the ruling on the evidence.

Dennis Riordan, a lawyer for Bonds, told the Chronicle that the delay in trial was a concession by the prosecution that it “could not proceed against Mr. Bonds in a jury trial without the evidence that’s now been excluded.”

“We hope that this puts the entire prosecution to rest,” Riordan said.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office does have other evidence in the case, the Chronicle reported. It said the office declined comment on the ruling.

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Appeals Court Rules Feds Illegally Seized Drug Tests of Major League Baseball Players

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Things have not gone so well when it comes to the federal government’s probe into illegal use of steroids in major league baseball. The Barry Bonds case appears to be going nowhere. And this ruling could hurt other possible cases.

By Maura Dolan and Lance Pugmire
Los Angeles Times

The federal government illegally seized confidential drug test results of dozens of Major League Baseball players and must now return the records, a federal appeals court ruled Wednesday.

“This was an obvious case of deliberate overreaching by the government in an effort to seize data” it was not entitled to have, Judge Alex Kozinski wrote for an 11-judge panel of the 9th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals.

During an investigation of illegal steroid sales by the Bay Area Laboratory Co-Operative, a private lab in Northern California known as BALCO, the government sought the results of confidential drug tests of 10 players, including former San Francisco Giants slugger Barry Bonds.

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Fed Prosecutors Write Final Plea in Barry Bonds Perjury Case

Could this be strike three for prosecutors trying to put baseball slugger Barry Bonds behind bars for perjury? Frustrated federal prosecutors hope not.

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By Bob Egelko
San Francisco Chronicle
SAN FRANCISCO — Federal prosecutors in the perjury case against former Giants star Barry Bonds have made their final written plea to a federal appeals court to allow potentially crucial evidence tying Bonds to drug tests that allegedly showed he used steroids.

In papers filed late Friday with the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco, prosecutors challenged a judge’s decision to bar evidence of three private drug tests in 2000 and 2001, so-called doping calendars and other records because Bonds’ trainer, who allegedly arranged the tests and kept the records, has refused to testify about them.

Unless Greg Anderson agrees to testify that the test samples came from Bonds and the records referred to him, the documents are inadmissible hearsay, U.S. District Judge Susan Illston ruled in February. That means prosecutors can’t use them to prove Bonds lied when he testified to a federal grand jury in 2003 that he had never knowingly used steroids.

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Fed Prosecutors in Barry Bond’s Case Bump Up Against Big Obstacles: Trial Delayed

The case against Barry Bonds has always been a tough one. For one, the key witness, his trainer, has refused to testify in trial. And two, the judge recently ruled that positive steroid tests were not admissible as evidence. The two developments have been a recipe for disaster for the assistant U.S. Attorneys, who are appealing the ruling. Jury selection was supposed to begin today (March 2), but there’s been a delay. Some speculate this case could just vanish, leaving the big slugger with the home run of his life.

A.J. Perez
USA TODAY

Prosecutors applied a rarely used maneuver Friday that delayed the start of Barry Bonds’ trial on perjury and obstruction charges for several months – if it ever takes place.

“I think they’re going to abandon their case,” said Peter Keane, dean emeritus of the Golden Gate University School of Law in San Francisco. “I think you’ll see them dancing away from it. They’re going to wait for the case to get gray in the beard, and then they’re going to quietly dump it.”

The U.S. Attorney’s Office notified the court that it was going to appeal Judge Susan Illston’s Feb. 19 ruling to exclude much of the evidence collected in the BALCO raids from 2003, including three of Bonds’ allegedly positive steroid tests between 2000 and 2001, along with doping calendars that detailed how Bonds was supposed to use banned substances.

Minus that evidence, prosecutors would have a more difficult time proving that Bonds knowingly used steroids, the key element of the case.

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OUCH!! Judge Says She May Toss Key Evidence in Barry Bonds Case

Barry Bonds could be one lucky guy — that is if the judge in his case tosses out some key evidence, which looks like a possibilty.

By Bob Egelko
San Francisco Chronicle
SAN FRANCISCO — The federal government’s perjury case against Barry Bonds ran into trouble Thursday when a judge questioned whether prosecutors could use much of the evidence they say shows the former Giants star used steroids.
U.S. District Judge Susan Illston did not issue a ruling after a 90-minute hearing in San Francisco on whether the prosecution’s evidence could be admitted at Bonds’ trial. But she said she was inclined to exclude evidence of blood and urine test results, laboratory records and steroid-use calendars unless prosecutors have a witness with first-hand knowledge to connect those items to Bonds.
That witness would be Greg Anderson, Bonds’ former trainer, who has already spent more than a year in jail for refusing to testify against his longtime friend, baseball’s all-time home run leader. Anderson is free now but could be imprisoned again if he declines to testify at Bonds’ trial.
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Government Documents Unsealed 2.04.09

Prosecutors Say Barry Bonds Used Designer Steroids and a Female Fertility Drug to Trick Tests

Now that the government has released a barrage of documents, the question remains: What’s Bond’s defense? It better be good.

Lance Williams and Bob Egelko
San Francisco Chronicle
SAN FRANCISCO — Former Giants slugger Barry Bonds used the BALCO designer steroid “the clear” during the 2003 baseball season and also was taking a female fertility drug that can mask drug use on steroid tests, federal prosecutors say.
Also in 2003, Bonds’ trainer, Greg Anderson, was secretly tape-recorded describing the regimen of undetectable banned drugs that baseball’s all-time homerun leader was using, federal prosecutors say.
In documents unsealed today in U.S. District Court in San Francisco, the government laid out what it hopes will be the core of evidence it will present to a jury next month in Bonds’ trial on perjury and obstruction-of-justice charges.
He is accused of lying when he told a grand jury in 2003 that he had never knowingly used steroids.
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