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US: Probe of Bonds to Continue, but No Immediate Charges


Federal prosecutors in San Francisco say they will not seek an indictment against baseball slugger Barry Bonds, but a grand jury will continue to investigate him for perjury and tax evasion charges.

A spokesman for the U.S. Attorney's office said that it was not seeking an indictment in the so-called BALCO case involving a San Francisco laboratory that distributed steroids to athletes.

The spokesman said his office will continue to seek truthful testimony from witnesses in the case. Those witnesses include Bonds and his personal trainer Greg Anderson.

Anderson was convicted of conspiracy in connection with the BALCO case and has been in jail since July 5 for refusing to testify against Bonds before the grand jury. Anderson was expected to be released when the grand jury term expired Thursday. Now that the jury's term has been extended, it is not clear when Anderson will get out of jail.

Bonds holds the single-season home run record and is second on the all-time home run list behind Hank Aaron. Allegations of drug use have plagued the slugger, but he has denied ever knowingly using performance-enhancing drugs.

Some information for this report provided by AP and AFP.

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