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Ruling a blow to Bonds prosecution

Updated: August 6, 2009, 4:11 PM ET
By Lester Munson | ESPN.com

In a 21-page opinion issued late Thursday, U.S. District Court Judge Susan Illston made a series of rulings that will prevent federal prosecutors from using positive drug tests and other important evidence in the upcoming trial of Barry Bonds on perjury charges. Illston's rulings raise significant legal questions about the prosecution's case and its future. Here are some of the questions and their answers:

What are the effects of Judge Illston's rulings?

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