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Saturday, July 21, 2007
Report: Bonds grand jury to convene again in September news services

A federal grand jury investigating Barry Bonds has been extended for another six months, and the U.S. Attorney's office is confident it will have enough evidence to secure an indictment of the San Francisco Giants slugger this fall, the New York Daily News reported, citing anonymous sources familiar with the government's case.

Bonds, however, says he is unfazed by the threat of an indictment.

"Do I look concerned?" Bonds asked a small group of reporters by his locker Saturday before the Giants faced the Milwaukee Brewers. "You guys just want more stories about me. It's unreal."

Bonds is on the verge of tying and breaking Henry Aaron's career home run record of 755 home runs. He stood at 753, needing two homers to tie the record and three to break it as of early Saturday. The grand jury sitting in San Francisco has been investigating Bonds for perjury, and the newspaper reported it has been told it will not convene again until September.

"[The prosecutors] seem to feel they have a strong case," one source told the Daily News on condition of anonymity.

Another source told the newspaper that he believed prosecutors could bring an indictment now, but would rather take the extra time to strengthen their case against Bonds.

"But I'm not discussing it," Bonds commented to reporters. "I haven't been discussing it forever and I will not discuss it. You guys are going to write your story what you're going to write. Just do that. Leave me out of it."

The grand jury is investigating whether Bonds committed perjury when he testified that he believed a clear substance and a cream, given to him by personal trainer Greg Anderson, were flaxseed oil and arthritis balm.

Anderson is being held in contempt of court for refusing to testify in the perjury probe. He will remain in prison until he talks or until the grand jury's term expires. Grand jury terms last a year, but can twice be extended for three months.

Bonds said he was happy commissioner Bud Selig was in the stands Friday night.

"We haven't talked in a while," Bonds said. "But I have respect for Bud, like I said before. ... Bud has always been kind to me, he has always been nice to my father. I like Bud."

Material from The Associated Press was used in this report.