Bonds to be arraigned again
By Sports Network
Barry Bonds is set to be arraigned again on March 1, after federal prosecutors slashed six of the 11 felony charges against him on Thursday.
The San Jose Mercury News reported that in a short hearing Friday, U.S. District Judge Susan Illston set the date for the arraignment, which was necessary after prosecutors filed the updated indictment.
Bonds, 46, faces four counts of lying under oath and one count of obstructing justice. The charges are the result of his 2003 grand jury testimony in the BALCO case, and his trial is scheduled to begin March 21.
The paper also reported that Bonds' former trainer, Greg Anderson, has agreed to appear in court on March 1. He is expected to again be asked if he refuses to testify against Bonds, thought his lawyer told the Mercury News that Anderson will continue to do so.
Bonds' original trial date of February 2009 was delayed when prosecutors appealed a ruling by a U.S. District Judge to exclude key evidence, specifically alleged positive tests from Bonds and evidence of those tests. Prosecutors lost that appeal, but decided to go ahead with the trial.