Feds Decide Against Challenging Barry Bonds Evidence Ruling
The U.S. Attorney's Office had 14 days after the a three-judge panel at the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that prosecutors couldn't use evidence that purportedly linked Bonds to three positive steroid tests. The next step now is for prosecutors to request a new trial date in the coming weeks.
Of course, there's still the possibility prosecutors could drop the case against Bonds that began when an indictment was unsealed in November 2007. Bonds, baseball's all-time home run champ, was the biggest target of the investigation of Bay Area Lab Co-Operative (BALCO), a supplement company raided in 2003 after authorities linked the company to steroid distribution.
Bonds was set to go to trial in March 2009 on 10 counts of making false declarations to a grand jury and one count of obstruction of justice. But prosecutors filed a rare type of appeal after U.S. District Court Judge Susan Illston ruled the test results were not admissible without the testimony of Bonds' friend and personal trainer Greg Anderson, who has been sent to jail on multiple occasions for refusing to cooperate with investigators.