Judge lets BALCO figures keep sensitive documents
Bonds’ personal trainer still keeping quiet about steroids
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.