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Bonds pleads not guilty again; evidence debate starts

February 5, 2009 | 12:40 pm

Barry Bonds appeared at U.S. District Court in San Francisco on Thursday, pleading not guilty to charges of making false statements to a federal grand jury and one obstruction of justice charge.

When his trial begins March 2, Bonds faces probation to two years in prison if convicted of any charge.

His appearance in court comes a day after a U.S. District Court judge unsealed the government's case against him, which includes blood and urine test results showing he tested positive for anabolic steroids three times in the offseason before his record-breaking 73-homer season in 2001, a recorded conversation in which Bonds' personal trainer, Greg Anderson, discusses the undetectable nature of the "stuff" he injected Bonds with, along with Anderson notes and Bay Area Laboratory Co-0perative (BALCO) doping calendars and ledgers.

Judge Susan Illston is currently hearing courtroom arguments about what evidence to admit and exclude from the trial. We'll have more on this story later today at latimes.com.

-- Lance Pugmire   

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