SAN FRANCISCO - Barry Bonds was charged in a new indictment yesterday with 15 felony counts alleging he lied to a grand jury when he denied knowingly using performance-enhancing drugs and that he hampered the federal government's doping investigation.
The career home run leader originally was indicted in November by a federal grand jury on four counts of perjury and one count of obstruction of justice.
Following a motion by Bonds's lawyers to dismiss the case, US District Judge Susan Illston in February ordered prosecutors to rewrite the indictment because multiple alleged lies were lumped into single charges.
Yesterday, a grand jury handed up a superseding indictment charging Bonds with 14 counts of making false declarations to a grand jury in 2003 and one count of obstruction of justice. No new lies were alleged.
"It's exactly the same," said Golden Gate University law professor Peter Keane. "It's two ways of saying it's lying, and there's really no substantial difference between what he was charged with then and what he is charged with now."
The case against Bonds remains built on whether he lied when he told the grand jury that his personal trainer, Greg Anderson, never supplied him with steroids and human growth hormone.
"Barry Bonds is innocent," the player's lead attorney, Allen Ruby, said. Ruby said Bonds will appear in court to plead not guilty to the new charges.