Barry Bonds asks judge to drop perjury charges

By: associated press
By: associated press

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Barry Bonds wants a federal judge to dismiss perjury charges against him.

Bonds' lawyers made the request to U.S. District Judge Susan Illston, asking her to toss the case or order prosecutors to streamline the indictment.

Bonds was charged in November with lying to a grand jury about his use of performance-enhancing drugs.

In the motion filed by Bonds' lawyers the former Giants slugger neither admits nor denies taking the drugs. It argues that the questions asked by prosecutors during Bonds' December 2003 grand jury appearance were vague, ambiguous and confusing.

Bonds has pleaded not guilty to four charges of perjury and one count of obstruction.

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