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Anderson trying to work out plea

3/16/2005

SAN FRANCISCO -- A Wednesday federal court hearing in which
Barry Bonds' trainer would seek to dismiss the steroid distribution
charges against him has been postponed for weeks, a delay Greg
Anderson's lawyer said was an effort to try to work out a plea
deal.

"We're trying to resolve the case," Anderson's attorney, Anna
Ling, said Tuesday. "We do not want to take this to trial. And we
don't want to bring in baseball players to testify."

Federal prosecutors declined public comment about delaying until
approximately June 26 a hearing in which Anderson was trying to
suppress a warrant that authorized the search of his Burlingame
house and car.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Jeffrey Nedrow said in court papers that
the government did not object to the postponement.

The delay of a hearing, one that had been set months ago, is
among the clearest signals that a deal between the authorities and
Anderson might be worked out. Ling and the authorities declined to
elaborate on discussions.

Just last week, a similar suppression hearing for Victor Conte,
the Burlingame-based Bay Area Laboratory Co-Operative founder who
is also on trial, was indefinitely delayed because Conte fired his
lawyers.

That postponement fueled speculation that perhaps he and BALCO
vice president James Valente were looking for a deal, which Conte
has said he has been seeking.

Last week, when U.S. District Judge Susan Illston granted the
hearing reprieve for Conte but kept Anderson's hearing date firm,
Illston said she was "concerned about moving this matter
forward."

The delayed hearings focus on searches at BALCO and Anderson's
Burlingame house. The defendants' lawyers claim the searches were
illegal because officers did not supply warrants to the men.

Federal agents stated in court records that they seized
calendars and other documents detailing the use of steroids by
baseball players during the search of Anderson's home.

"Included among these files with apparent steroid distribution
details was a folder for Barry Bonds," Internal Revenue Service
agent Jeff Novitzky wrote in court documents. Bonds denies using
steroids.

Novitzky wrote that during the September 2003 raid on BALCO,
"Conte openly acknowledged giving testosterone-base cream, itself
a steroid, to numerous professional athletes and specifically
identified the names of the specific athletes to whom he had given
drugs."

An IRS memo about that conversation listed baseball players
Bonds, Jason Giambi and Gary Sheffield, in addition to track
standouts Marion Jones, Tim Montgomery and others.

Giambi testified in 2003 before the grand jury that he used
illegal substances obtained from Anderson, the San Francisco
Chronicle reported in December. Bonds testified that he used
substances obtained from Anderson, and did not believe they were
steroids, the paper reported.

Conte, Valente, Anderson and track coach Remi Korchemny were
indicted. The four, who have pleaded not guilty, face charges that
include illegally distributing steroids, possession of human growth
hormone, money laundering and misbranding drugs with intent to
defraud.