The Barry Bonds perjury trial is finally scheduled to get under way, more than three years after baseball’s all-time home run leader was charged with lying to a federal grand jury when he denied knowingly taking performance-enhancing drugs.
The trial will start this morning when Bonds’ lawyers, prosecutors and the judge begin the task of picking 12 jurors and four alternates. One hundred prospective jurors filled out lengthy questionnaires Thursday asking them their opinion of Bonds, how many baseball games they have attended and dozens of other question designed to root bias among the jurors.
Those questionnaires will be unsealed this morning.
Bonds, has pleaded not guilty to four counts of making false statements and one obstruction count.
The trial is expected to last more than two weeks.