Judge lets BALCO fig­ures keep sen­si­tive doc­u­ments

Bonds’ per­sonal trainer still keep­ing quiet about steroids

The Covington News - - Sports - By Paul Elias

SAN FRAN­CISCO — Barry Bonds’ per­sonal trainer still isn’t talk­ing.

Greg An­der­son, jailed for more than a year for re­fus­ing to tes­tify against the slug­ger, de­clined com­ment Fri­day af­ter a judge re­jected gov­ern­ment de­mands that he and three oth­ers con­victed of dis­tribut­ing steroids re­turn ev­i­dence re­lated to the Bay Area Lab­o­ra­tory Co-Oper­a­tive drug ring.

Stay­ing quiet is a po­si­tion An­der­son has taken with the me­dia and fed­eral prose­cu­tors alike since he was first or­dered to tes­tify in 2006 be­fore a grand jury in­ves­ti­gat­ing Bonds for per­jury. A fed­eral judge sent An­der­son to prison for snub­bing the grand jury and he re­mained jailed un­til Bonds was in­dicted Nov. 15 for al­legedly ly­ing un­der oath about his steroid use.

Bonds has pleaded not guilty and a judge will con­sider his re­quest to toss out his case at a hear­ing Feb. 29.

The U.S. at­tor­ney’s of­fice re­filed court pa­pers Fri­day op­pos­ing Bonds’ dis­missal re­quest. Prose­cu­tors re­filed be­cause the orig­i­nal doc­u­ments filed Thurs­day con­tained two cru­cial ty­po­graph­i­cal er­rors that mis­tak­enly stated Bonds flunked a steroids test in Novem­ber 2001.

The in­dict­ment of Bonds, un­sealed last year, in­cluded ref­er­ences to a drug test Bonds failed in Novem­ber 2000, and a spokesman for the U.S. at­tor­ney’s of­fice said prose­cu­tors sim­ply got the date wrong in Thurs­day’s fil­ing.

An­der­son’s at­tor­neys said the trainer will refuse to tes­tify at a Bonds trial, a stance that will likely land him in prison again if the home run king ends up in front of a jury.

At is­sue Fri­day was the gov­ern­ment’s at­tempt to re­trieve the sen­si­tive le­gal doc­u­ments prose­cu­tors turned over to An­der­son, BALCO founder Vic­tor Conte, for­mer BALCO ex­ec­u­tive James Va­lente and for­mer track coach Remi Korchemny so they could de­fend them­selves against drug charges. All four pleaded guilty to drug charges and An­der­son and Conte each served sev­eral months in prison.

On Fri­day, U.S. Dis­trict Judge Susan Ill­ston re­fused to or­der the four to re­turn the doc­u­ments to fed­eral prose­cu­tors.

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