Bonds to Make First Court Appearance

Charges will be read and a plea entered
By Lucas Laursen,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 7, 2007 8:31 AM CST
San Francisco Giants' Barry Bonds hits his 73rd home run of the season against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Pacific Bell Park in San Francisco, in this Oct. 7, 2001 file photo. Bonds' first date with a...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Barry Bonds is set to appear in federal court today to face charges of perjury for allegedly lying under oath about knowingly taking steroids. Because the brief hearing at the Federal Building in San Francisco will be Bonds' first public appearance following his indictment, it's expected to draw hundreds of journalists. To minimize disruption, two judges will be brought to Bonds, rather than having the slugger appear in two different courtrooms.

One judge will read and discuss the charges and one will take his plea and set a court date. Bonds recently added two new attorneys to his legal team who have extensive federal experience; Michael Raines, his attorney during the investigation, usually represents police officers accused of misconduct in state court, AP reports. Raines has been accused of alienating prosecutors during the investigation.