SAN FRANCISCO - Twenty federal agents raided the home ofthe mother-in-law of Barry Bonds' personal trainer on Wednesday.
Madeleine Gestas and her daughter Nicole Anderson, the trainer'swife, are the target of a tax investigation that the lawyer forGreg Anderson said is aimed at pressuring the trainer to testify atBonds' upcoming trial.
Bonds, baseball's career home run leader and a seven-time MVP,has pleaded not guilty to charges he lied to a federal grand juryin 2003 when he denied knowingly using performance-enhancing drugs.
"Even the mafia spares the women and children," saidAnderson's lawyer, Mark Geragos.
Lead prosecutor Matthew Parrella didn't immediately return atelephone call Wednesday.
Geragos said he believes the raid was in response to his refusalto tell prosecutors whether Anderson would testify. Geragos said heignored a letter faxed to his Los Angeles office Monday byprosecutors that asked about Anderson's plans for the Bonds' trial.
Anderson served more than a year in prison for refusing totestify against Bonds before a federal grand jury. Geragos saidthat on the day after her husband was released from prison,Anderson's wife received a so-called target letter informing herthat she was under investigation.
Geragos said Anderson received a government subpoena last weekdemanding his testimony at the March 2 trial. Geragos declined tosay whether Anderson would testify. If Anderson refuses, he couldbe sent to prison again.
The New York Times, citing an anonymous source, reportedThursday that prosecutors have evidence that links Bonds to the useof performance-enhancing drugs other than the "cream" and the"clear" -- the designer substances that have become synonymouswith the Bonds case.
A person who has reviewed the prosecution's evidence said thatauthorities detected anabolic steroids in urine samples linked toBonds, according to the Times.