SAN FRANCISCO – Federal prosecutors said they would not seek an indictment Thursday against Barry Bonds, but that a grand jury investigating the baseball star for perjury and tax evasion charges would continue its work.
“The United States Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of California is not seeking an indictment today in connection with the ongoing steroids-related investigation,” Luke Macauley, a spokesman for the U.S. Attorney’s office in San Francisco, said in a statement.
“Much has been accomplished to date, and we will continue to move forward actively in this investigation _ including continuing to seek the truthful testimony of witnesses whose testimony the grand jury is entitled to hear,” he said.
Members of the grand jury investigating Bonds arrived at the federal courthouse Thursday for what was expected to be their final day of work.
Mark Geragos, attorney for Bonds’ personal trainer, told The Associated Press his client would be released later in the day from federal prison, where Greg Anderson was sent more than two weeks ago after he refused to testify to the grand jury.
The judge said Anderson was to be held until he agreed to testify against Bonds or the grand jury’s term expired. With the grand jury apparently being extended beyond Thursday, it was unclear whether Anderson still will be released.