SAN FRANCISCO - A judge barred attorneys in the Barry Bonds trial from asking potential jurors their opinion of Alex Rodriguez.

Bonds' attorneys wanted to ask people being considered for the jury whether they had heard of the New York Yankees third baseman and allegations that he used steroids.

In a press conference in Tampa Fla., Rodriguez admitted for the second time that he used steroids for three years ending in 2003.

U.S. District Court Judge Susan Illston, with little comment, told attorneys they cannot ask potential jurors about Rodriguez when they begin picking a jury in Bonds' trial.

The trial begins March 2. Lawyers are scheduled to ask potential jurors questions the next day about their jobs, personal life, connections to any witnesses in the trial and other questions designed to root out bias.

- The Associated Press


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