Former players will be allowed to testify in the upcoming Barry Bonds perjury trial, a federal judge ruled in San Francisco court Monday, according to The Associated Press.
Bonds' trial on charges that he lied to a grand jury in 2003, when he said he never knowingly took performance-enhancing drugs, is scheduled to begin later this month; the slugger has pleaded not guilty. When called to the stand to be questioned about their own relationships with former trainer Greg Anderson, the former players are expected to testify that Anderson provided them with PEDs and instructions on how to use them.
Bonds' lawyers, the AP reported, had argued against having former players testify for fear of guilt by association, since Anderson has stated he will remain mum throughout the trial and would be unable to corroborate the players' accounts. But U.S. District Judge Susan Illston will allow them to tell their side.