Bonds Loses Round in Court Ahead of Trial

Tuesday, Mar 8, 2011  |  Updated 6:47 AM PDT
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Bonds Loses Round in Court Ahead of Trial

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Barry Bonds gestures from his seat during Game One of the 2010 MLB World Series at AT&T Park on October 27, 2010 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

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 Court Judge 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.
 

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