SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The Barry Bonds perjury trial is finally scheduled to get under way, more than three years after baseball's all-time home run leader was charged with lying to a federal grand jury when he denied knowingly taking performance-enhancing drugs.
The trial will start Monday morning when Bonds' lawyers, prosecutors and the judge begin the task of picking 12 jurors and four alternates. One hundred prospective jurors filled out lengthy questionnaires Thursday asking them their opinion of Bonds, how many baseball games they have attended and dozens of other question designed to root bias among the jurors.
Bonds, who hit a record-breaking 762 home runs in a 21-year major league career, was ordered to testify in December 2003 before a grand jury investigating a major sports doping ring centered at the Bay Area Laboratory Co-Operative in Burlingame, Calif.
Investigators found documents and other evidence connecting Bonds' to the lab, best known as BALCO, after raids there and at the home of Bonds' personal trainer Greg Anderson.
Nearly four years after Bonds told the jury that he never knowingly took steroids — and no one other than his doctor ever injected him with any substances — he was charged with perjury and obstruction of justice.
He was originally scheduled for trial in 2009. But the case was postponed until Monday because prosecutors' appealed the judge's barring the jury from seeing most of the evidence connected to Anderson, who has refused to testify. Prosecutors lost their appeal.
Anderson has been ordered to court Tuesday morning and is expected to be jailed on contempt of court charge until the end of trial.
The trial is expected to last more than two weeks.
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