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SAN FRANCISCO — Six private lawyers surrounded former San Francisco Giants star Barry Bonds as he entered his not guilty plea Friday to charges he lied to a federal grand jury and obstructed justice in the investigation of steroids use in professional baseball. After more than a week of dithering and negotiations over who would represent him, Bonds settled on a scrum of top criminal defense lawyers, including Alan Ruby, of Ruby & Schofield, who got the former San Jose mayor of San Jose, Calif., off the hook on political corruption charges, and Cristina Arguedas, of Arguedas, Cassman & Headley. She represented a corporate executive at Hewlett-Packard in the boardroom spying case and professional athletes, including Tim Montgomery, a track star who testified in the steroids grand jury investigation. This prompted Assistant U.S. Attorney Matt Parrella to raise potential conflict of interest questions with U.S. District Judge Susan Illston. Parrella asked the questions to be resolved before the government surrenders all its discovery evidence to the defense. In addition, San Francisco attorney Dennis Riordan, of Riordan & Horgan, a well-known appellate attorney who is famous for winning release of former Black Panther Johnny Spain and recent representation of winning a new trial for Marjorie Knoller after her conviction in the dog mauling death of a neighbor. Ted Cassman, partner with Arguedas and nationally known defense lawyer, as well as Donald Horgan, Riordan’s partner, along with Michael Rains, of Rains, Lucia & Wilkinson in Pleasant Hill, Calif., Bond’s original defense lawyer throughout the grand jury proceedings. Bonds, 43, is charged with perjury and obstruction of justice for allegedly lying to a federal grand jury about whether he personally used steroids and his knowledge of Victor Conte’s role in supplying sports stars with steroids from his business, known as BALCO. They are scheduled to be back in court February 7, 2008.

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