A federal judge has ordered that the grand jury testimony of Barry Bonds pertaining to steroids be unsealed, so that each of the 5 counts that he is being charged with do not come with multiple alleged false statements.
Bonds is being charged with perjury and won a small battle to help his cause when U.S. District Court Judge Susan Illston ordered his testimony unsealed, alotting 3 weeks for prosecutors to decide on what to do next.
“I do think the perjury counts allege more than one offense and I think the government needs to choose which offense it wants to” proceed with, Illston said today.
Bonds was charged Nov. 15 with perjury and obstruction of justice for allegedly lying to a grand jury in 2003 about using performance enhancing drugs.
The indictment cites 19 different instances of Bonds’ alleged lying but only charges him with four counts of perjury and one count of obstruction.
Prosecutors are expected to make a decision on how to proceed before Bonds’ next court date which is on March 21.