A federal judge plans to unseal on Wednesday hundreds of pages of court documents at the heart of the government's case against Barry Bonds for allegedly lying to a grand jury about steroid use.
Among those documents will be several positive drug test results that prosecutors say belong to Bonds. One is a urine sample submitted by Bonds during baseball's anonymous testing program in 2003, according to a New York Times report.
Bonds' sample did not test positive under MLB's program but were retested by investigators after it was seized in a 2004 raid, anonymous sources told the newspaper.
A transcript of a recorded conversation between his personal trainer Greg Anderson and Bonds' former business partner Steve Hoskins will also be released along with hundreds of other pages of the government's evidence against Bonds.
Bonds is expected to plead not guilty to perjury charges for the third time Thursday, the same day a judge will consider what government evidence to exclude from the slugger's trial next month.
Bonds has twice before pleaded not guilty, the first time in November 2007 when prosecutors unsealed an indictment charging him with perjury and obstruction of justice charges. A judge has ordered prosecutors to revise the indictment twice to repair legal technicalities. Bonds pleaded not guilty after the first revision but has yet to appear in court to answer to the second revised indictment, which was unsealed on Dec. 4.
U.S. District Court Judge Susan Illston plans to unseal many documents filed by both sides that are expected to reveal details of the government's allegations that Bonds lied to a federal grand jury when he denied knowingly taking performance enhancing drugs during his pursuit of the game's single season home run mark and Hank Aaron's vaunted career record.
Bonds testified in December 2003 that he took substances provided by his personal trainer Greg Anderson that the government says were a designer steroid. But Bonds told the grand jury that he did not know he was taking performance-enhancing drugs at the time. He also has denied knowingly taking other steroids and human growth hormone. Prosecutors argue they can prove through positive test results and other evidence that Bonds lied.
Bonds' attorneys are seeking to exclude from Bonds' trial several urine and blood test results seized by investigators purporting to show Bonds' testing positive for several types of performance enhancing drugs. Bonds trial is scheduled to start March 2.
When Bonds' attorneys filed court papers on Jan. 15 seeking to exclude the test results from the trial, they filed the details of their argument under seal. They argued that making details of the test results public would harm Bonds' chances of getting a fair trial by tainting potential jurors.
The judge initially ordered those documents to remain under seal. But she changed her mind earlier this week after The Associated Press, San Francisco Chronicle and San Jose Mercury News protested. Illston said Tuesday that release of the documents will not hurt Bonds' chances for a fair trial.
Lead prosecutor Matt Parrella declined comment. Bonds' lead attorney Allen Ruby said he would not fight the judge's unsealing order.