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Barry Bonds perjury trial will start March 21

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Barry Bonds’s criminal trial over whether he lied about using performance-enhancing drugs will start March 21, a federal judge said.

U.S. District Judge Susan Illston in San Francisco set the trial date Friday. The former Giants outfielder is charged with obstruction and lying to a federal grand jury in 2003 when he said he never knowingly took performance-enhancing drugs.

Bonds, who broke Hank Aaron’s record of 755 career home runs in August 2007, won a ruling last month that delayed his perjury trial.

An appeals court upheld Illston’s decision that positive drug-test results that prosecutors said were for Bonds and statements by his trainer can’t be used as evidence against him at trial.

The case is U.S. v. Bonds, 07-732, U.S. District Court, Northern District of California (San Francisco).


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