Barry Bonds faces doubleheader in court

Former Giants slugger Barry Bonds will be in court two times today — once to enter a plea for 14 counts of false statements and one count of obstruction of justice, and again to possibly set a trial date.

At 9:30 this morning, Bonds will be at the Federal Building to be arraigned before U.S. Magistrate Bernard Zimmerman. Then at 11 a.m., Bonds will appear before U.S. District Judge Susan Illston for a status conference and possible setting of a trial date.

The 14 counts of false statements and one count of obstruction of justice in a 2003 grand jury testimony are similar to those in a 2007 indictment, but the alleged false statements are now separated into 14 counts instead of four. Bonds pleaded not guilty to those charges in December.

In February, Illston ruled that the previous indictment, handed down in November and accusing the slugger of four counts of perjury and one count of obstruction of justice, against Bonds was too vague.

The case against Bonds centers on whether the slugger, who holds the record for the most home runs hit in Major League Baseball, lied about steroid use when he testified before a federal grand jury investigating steroid distribution and money laundering by the Bay Area Laboratory Co-Operative, a Burlingame-based company.

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