Bond’s Trial Update

February 16, 2009


More developments have been reported in the trial of Barry Bonds (7 times winner of Baseball’s Most Valuable Player Award). Bonds was implicated in the BALCO Scandal and subsequently indicted on 10 counts of perjury and one count of obstruction of justice following his grand jury testimony in 2003, where he denied receiving any steroid injections. The trial is due to start on March 2nd.

The latest news following last week’s controversy over whether Bond’s positive drug tests could be admitted as evidence (the government also laid out a series of positive tests from 2000 and 2001 that it hopes to enter as evidence. The positive test results, as well as doping calendars and drug ledgers, were discussed at an evidentiary hearing last week. Illston indicated she was likely to rule in favor of the defense, suggesting the evidence was mostly hearsay because it stemmed from material collected by Anderson).

is that the government has now released a list of 39 potential witnesses who are expected to testify that they either watched Bond’s receive steroid injections from his personal trainer (Greg Anderson), or that he discussed this matter with them. Anderson is also expected to be called to the stand, however the last time this happened, Anderson ended up spending 13 months in prison on contempt charges.

The next development should happen on Tuesday where the Judge will release her preliminary findings on the admissibility (or otherwise) of the evidence.


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Associate Professor in Sports Law, Staffordshire University; British Gymnastics Senior Coach

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