Bonds Wants Perjury Charges Dismissed

Slugger's lawyers say that grand jury questions were vague
By Doug Sweeney,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 23, 2008 10:23 PM CST
FILE ** San Francisco Giants Barry Bonds hits his 756th career home run in the fifth inning of their baseball game against the Washington Nationals in San Francisco, in this Aug. 7, 2007, file photo....   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Barry Bonds' attorneys have filed a motion in federal court to have the perjury charges against him dismissed. The charges stem from Bonds allegedly lying to a grand jury about his use of performance-enhancing drugs in December 2003. Bonds claims that the indictment was “scattershot” and that questions poised to him by prosecutors were ambiguous and confusing, the AP reports.

Prosecutors asked Bonds several times whether personal trainer Greg Anderson supplied him with performance-enhancing drugs beginning in 2000, and Bonds answered “no” or “not at all.” However, his lawyers claim that the questions were "frequently imprecise." The indictment cites 19 different examples of Bonds’ alleged lying. The judge is scheduled to hear Bonds’ lawyers on February 29.