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Judge to set trial date for Bonds case

7/22/2010 - MLB

SAN FRANCISCO -- Lawyers and judges plan a meeting to hash out a trial date in the long-running Barry Bonds perjury case.

U.S. District Court Judge Susan Illston has scheduled an 11 a.m. PT hearing Friday in San Francisco. Bonds has pleaded not guilty to charges that he lied to a grand jury in December 2003 when he testified that he never knowingly used performance-enhancing drugs.

His trial was delayed because the government unsuccessfully appealed Illston's order barring prosecutors from showing key evidence to the jurors such as urine samples that tested positive for steroids.

Bonds has six attorneys, the government three primary prosecutors and Illston has a full docket, making it possible that a start date could slip into early next year.