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Pivotal Barry Bonds evidentiary hearing begins

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Former baseball player Barry Bonds walks into a federal courthouse in San Francisco, Friday, Jan. 21, 2011. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu) By Jeff Chiu Former baseball player Barry Bonds walks into a federal courthouse in San Francisco, Friday, Jan. 21, 2011. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu) By Jeff Chiu
Former baseball player Barry Bonds, right, walks into a federal courthouse in San Francisco, on Friday, Jan. 21, 2011. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu) By Jeff Chiu Former baseball player Barry Bonds, right, walks into a federal courthouse in San Francisco, on Friday, Jan. 21, 2011. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu) By Jeff Chiu
Former baseball player Barry Bonds, left, arrives at a federal courthouse in San Francisco, on Friday, Jan. 21, 2011. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu) By Jeff Chiu Former baseball player Barry Bonds, left, arrives at a federal courthouse in San Francisco, on Friday, Jan. 21, 2011. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu) By Jeff Chiu

 

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- A pivotal hearing is under way to determine what evidence will be admitted during Barry Bonds' perjury trial in March.
  
The results of Friday's hearing in San Francisco federal court and a similar hearing next month will dramatically shape the trial.
  
U.S. District Judge Susan Illston will decide whether prosecutors can show the jury a trove of evidence connected to Bonds' personal trainer. They say it shows the slugger knowingly took steroids even though he told a grand jury he didn't.
  
But because trainer Greg Anderson is refusing to testify against Bonds, the judge has already ruled that some of the evidence tied to Anderson is off-limits.
  
His legal team is arguing for the exclusion of other evidence, including an order barring prosecutors from calling several retired baseball players and current player Jason Giambi.
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