Former Giants slugger Barry Bonds wasn't in court Monday, but that didn't stop the legal wheels in his pending trial from turning.
U.S. District CourtJudge Susan Illston ruled she will allow the testimony of former baseball players and their drug-dealing relationship with Bonds' former personal trainer during the trial.
Bonds' perjury trial is scheduled to begin March 21 on charges that he lied to a grand jury in 2003 when he said he never knowingly took performance-enhancing drugs.
Fellow baseball players are expected to testify that personal trainer Greg Anderson provided them with performance-enhancing
drugs and detailed instructions on how to use them.
Bonds' lawyers argued that their testimony shouldn't be allowed because Anderson is refusing to testify and therefore cannot
corroborate their stories, but Illston disagreed.