Barry Bonds, a former record setting MLB player who faces 11 felony counts of perjury and obstruction of justice for his testimony during a 2003 MLB steroid investigation, has been ordered to appear in federal court in San Francisco on March 21, 2011.
U.S. District Judge Susan Illston in San Francisco set the trial date today for the former San Francisco Giants outfielder.
Bonds allegedly tested positive for steroids three times before his testimony in Decemeber 2003. In that testimony, Bonds said he never knowingly took performance-enhancing drugs.
Bonds’ initial February 2009 trial date was delayed at the last minute when prosecutors appealed the judge’s ruling excluding vital evidence. The prosecutors ultimately lost that appeal and have decided to go ahead with the trial anyway.
Barry Bonds finished his career with 762 home runs. He broke Hank Aaron’s record of 755 career home runs in August 2007.