Trial date hearing in Bonds case set for Friday

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San Francisco - A hearing has been set for Friday to determine a trial date in the Barry Bonds perjury case.

Bonds faces several counts of making false statements under oath to a federal grand jury during his testimony late in 2003, denying he knowingly took illegal performance-enhancing drugs.

In the most recent update in the case, the ninth circuit U.S. Court of Appeals ruled in June that federal prosecutors cannot use positive samples and other evidence of those tests in the trial. The decision affirmed the ruling of U.S. District Judge Susan Illston, which was given in February 2009, and the appeal of that ruling had delayed the case.

The hearing has been set for 11 a.m. in San Francisco, to be held before Illston.


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