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Thursday, February 26, 2009

Bonds Trainer's Attorney Gives Sneak Preview of What He'll Say in Court: Nothing

Posted By on Thu, Feb 26, 2009 at 5:30 AM

click to enlarge Paula Canny says her client Greg Anderson will be seen but not heard once again
  • Paula Canny says her client Greg Anderson will be seen but not heard once again
Trainer's lawyer labels him "The male Susan McDougal," means it in a good way. 

Greg Anderson's court appearances have become as predictable as his former employer Barry Bonds' plate appearances with runners on second and third and two outs. Both are guaranteed intentional passes.

Anderson has already spent more than a year incarcerated for refusing to spill the beans on Bonds. So, when he's called to testify on Friday in the federal case against baseball's home run king, he'll wear a sharp suit, lace up his snappy shoes, comb his devil's beard downward -- and say nothing.

Anderson's attorney, Paula Canny, laughed when asked if the trainer would say anything in court before answering "noooooooo," making the word multi-syllabic and uttering it in the same tone a youngster might when asked if he fancied liver and onions for dinner.

While more jail time may be looming in Anderson's future, Canny doesn't think it'll commence tomorrow. She predicts Judge Susan Illston will order Anderson back into court on Monday -- and then it's a good legal question what comes next. Anderson has been subpoenaed, but Canny is unsure if her client can be held in contempt for refusing to testify until a jury is impaneled. Perhaps the most important aspect of Anderson's refusal to spill the beans is the government prosecutors won't be able to tie him into their opening statement: "By him disclosing in open court he's not going to testify, the government can't say 'You will hear Greg Anderson say blah, blah, blah," because Greg already told them he's not saying anything," Canny notes.

Not surprisingly, the outspoken attorney continued to portray her client as the victim of a colossal screw-job from the federal government. She noted that, for the last four years, Anderson has been jerked around after entering into a plea agreement in which he admitted to conspiracy to distribute steroids and money-laundering that he thought ended his involvement in the case. Canny feels that the government, like Darth Vader, has altered the terms of the deal.

"I think Greg was misled -- he didn't get the benefit of the 'bargain' in entering the plea bargain which was to be done with everything. ... They're the government. They don't have to make an excuse," she said, adding that "Greg is the male version of Susan McDougal," the White Water figure who spent 18 months in jail for refusing to play ball with Ken Starr in his pursuit of the Clintons.

It's not a terrible analogy -- but McDougal never pleaded guilty to steroids charges and Anderson was never photographed, bizarrely, walking barefoot and chained in a prison jumpsuit.

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Joe Eskenazi

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Joe Eskenazi was born in San Francisco, raised in the Bay Area, and attended U.C. Berkeley. He never left. "Your humble narrator" was a staff writer and columnist for SF Weekly from 2007 to 2015. He resides in the Excelsior with his wife, 4.3 miles from his birthplace and 5,474 from hers.


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