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Bonds' case transferred to judge in other BALCO cases

11/28/2007 - MLB Barry Bonds

SAN FRANCISCO -- The perjury case against former
San Francisco Giants slugger Barry Bonds will be heard by the same
federal judge who presided over cases against others linked to a
steroids ring centered at a Bay Area lab.

Court documents released Tuesday show the case has been
transferred to U.S. District Judge Susan Illston. The move comes at
the request of federal prosecutors, who said having Illston preside
over the case would be more efficient.

Illston is also presiding over the cases against Tammy Thomas, a
cyclist, and Trevor Graham, the coach for disgraced Olympic
sprinter Marion Jones.

Both face federal charges they lied either to federal agents or
to the grand jury investigating a performance-enhancing drug ring
centered at the Bay Area Laboratory Co-Operative, or BALCO.

Bonds was indicted this month on four counts of perjury and one
count of obstruction of justice for allegedly lying to the grand
jury when he testified he did not knowingly use
performance-enhancing drugs. He is scheduled for arraignment Dec.
7.