No Verdict As Bonds Jury Completes Day 2 Of Deliberations
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SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) — The Barry Bonds jury completed its second day of deliberations Monday, with the eight-woman, four-man panel having yet to reach a verdict in the slugger’s perjury trial.
The jury halted deliberations around 3:45 p.m. Monday in federal court in San Francisco. Court officials said their discussions over Bonds’ fate would resume for a third day on Tuesday morning.
In a move some legal analysts thought was a good sign for the prosecution, jurors at one point Monday listened to a clerk read back the testimony of Bonds’ former personal shopper, Kathy Hoskins.
Hoskins testified that she witnessed the home run king’s personal trainer, Greg Anderson, inject the player in the navel at Bond’s house before a road trip during the 2002 season. She is the only person with eyewitness testimony to an injection.
One of the four perjury-related counts Bonds is charged with alleges he lied to a federal grand jury when he said no one but his doctor ever injected him with anything.
“This was very damaging testimony that contrasted starkly with his denials of steroid use that are the heart of this perjury case,” said legal observer Joshua Berman, a former prosecutor who is now a criminal defense attorney in Washington D.C.
The jurors had requested on Friday that they be allowed to hear Hoskins’ testimony again. Most of them scribbled notes when Hoskins’ testimony about the injection was read back.
It took more than an hour to for the whole transcript of Hoskins’ testimony to be read aloud. Bonds, wearing a dark suit, white shirt and blue tie, kept an eye on the jurors during portions of the reading — apparently trying to get a sense for which way they were leaning.
However, it’s impossible to discern how many of the 12 jurors were focusing on that testimony and whether they feel the injection answer was material, or in layman’s terms, important, to the grand jury’s investigation. To convict Bonds of making a false statement, the jury must find both that what Bonds said was a lie and one that had an effect on the grand jury.
Anderson was jailed during the trial because he refused to testify. No witnesses said they personally saw Bonds receive drugs – Kathy Hoskins said she did not ask what was in the syringe Anderson used on Bonds.
Now 46, Bonds owns the major league records for most home runs in a season and a career.
The other counts against Bonds accuse him of lying to the grand jury in 2003 when he denied knowingly taking performance-enhancing drugs, and of obstructing justice.
Monday was the second day of deliberations and marked three weeks since the trial began.
The gap between closing arguments and verdict in the trial has grown longer than the gap between Bonds’ record-tying and record-breaking home runs in 2007. The former MVP broke Hank Aaron’s home run record on Aug. 7 when he hit No. 756, three days after matching Aaron.
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