Barry Bonds' Lawyers Want Jurors Told to Stay Off Internet During Trial

By: Brian Shields - Wed, 02 Mar 2011 15:50:30 -0800

SAN FRANCISCO (KRON) -- Lawyers for Barry Bonds want the judge to tell jurors in his perjury trial to stay off the Internet and social media sites while the trial is underway.

The defense submitted proposed instructions they want the judge to read to the jury at the start of the case and at the end of each day.

In addition to the standard instructions to avoid media coverage of the trial, the defense wants the judge to tell jurors "you must not communicate with anyone about the case by any other means, direct or indirect, such as: a writing, the telephone, e-mail, Facebook, MySpace, Twitter, instant messaging, Blackberry messaging, I-Phones, I-Touches, Google, Yahoo, any internet search engine or any other form of electronic communication for any purpose whatsoever."

The defense says such admonishments are necessary to ensure a fair trial.  There's no word yet from prosecutors on the proposed jury instructions.

Bonds is charged with lying to a federal grand jury when he told them he had never knowingly taken steroids or any other banned substance when he was a player for the San Francisco Giants.  The trial is due to start later this month.

Stay tuned to KRON 4 and for the latest on the Bonds trial.

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