25 Nov 2008

Judge drops 3 charges against barry Bonds, but lets another 12 stand

12:09 pm on 25 November 2008

A U.S. judge has dismissed three charges against Barry Bonds but let stand 12 others stemming from the BALCO doping scandal against the U.S. baseball home run king, who is accused of lying to a grand jury about steroid use.

The Judge also says prosecutors need to correct errors in their indictment on perjury and obstruction of justice against Bonds, charged with lying in court when he testified in the BALCO lab steroid case that he never knowingly used performance-enhancing drugs.

The doping case led to the imprisonment of BALCO's owner and Bonds' personal trainer for steroid distribution and snared other high-profile athletes, including former track-and-field starts Marion Jones and Tim Montgomery.

Bonds' trial is scheduled for early March.