SAN FRANCISCO — Barry Bonds’ perjury trial was delayed indefinitely Friday after federal prosecutors notified the judge overseeing the case that they will appeal her decision to exclude key evidence from the jury.
Jury selection, which has been set to start Monday, “will not proceed until further notice,” according to a filing Friday by the clerk for U.S. District Judge Susan Illston.
Prosecutors told Illston of their intention to appeal a couple of hours after Bonds’ personal trainer, Greg Anderson, said at a court hearing that he would not testify at the slugger’s perjury trial. Illston had barred prosecutors from showing the jury three positive steroid tests allegedly belonging to Bonds and other vital evidence unless Anderson took the witness stand to authenticate them.
The latest developments are another blow to the all-time home run leader’s hopes to resume his major league career. Following his indictment in November 2007, no team made an offer to sign him for 2008. If his trial had ended next month and he gained acquittal, he would have been in better position to join a team early this season.
Bonds is accused of lying to a grand jury in 2003 when he denied that he knowingly took performance-enhancing drugs.