Judge to release Bonds evidence

Updated: February 3, 2009, 1:21 AM ET
ESPN.com news services

The judge in the Barry Bonds perjury case issued an order Monday saying that, on Wednesday morning, she will unseal some of the evidence gathered by prosecutors in the case against Bonds.

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The career home run leader is scheduled to go on trial March 2, but Judge Susan Illston informed defense lawyers she was rejecting their motion to file a series of documents under seal.

The defense had argued that making the material public now could hinder Bonds' ability to get a fair trial. However, Illston said she received a letter from media representatives on Jan. 30 requesting that the sealing order be lifted, and she ruled Monday that releasing the documents would not impair Bonds' Sixth Amendment right to a fair trial.

Information from ESPN.com investigative reporter Mark Fainaru-Wada was used in this report.

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