Monday, March 14, 2011
Barry Bonds juror info to be public
SAN FRANCISCO -- A judge has granted the media access to detailed questionnaires that prospective jurors fill out before testimony begins in the upcoming Barry Bonds perjury trial.
U.S. District Court Judge Susan Illston on Monday granted media requests about the questionnaires, which assist the judge and lawyers in seating a jury.
But Illston will keep the jurors' names confidential until the end of the trial, saying she's concerned the media and public will attempt to interact with jurors if their names are disclosed. Any such communication could cause a mistrial.
The trial is set to begin March 21 and is expected to last at least two weeks.
The former San Francisco Giants star is accused of lying to a grand jury in 2003 when he said he never knowingly took performance-enhancing drugs.