Barry Bonds trial turns into a waiting game

Barry Bonds arrives at the federal courthouse as the jury continues to deliberate in his perjury trial in San Francisco, Monday, April 11, 2011. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
April 11, 2011 6:13:43 PM PDT
It is a full-fledged waiting game at the Barry Bonds perjury trial. Jurors began Monday hearing testimony read back to them. They asked the judge to let them listen again to comments made by Bonds' former personal shopper and longtime family friend, Kathy Hoskins.

The jury started its day hearing Kathy Hoskins' testimony re-read in the courtroom. Hoskins was arguably the prosecution's strongest witness. She testified that she once saw Bonds' trainer, Greg Anderson, inject him in the belly button area. She told the jury that Bonds told her the injection was something for the road, that you can't detect or catch. On Friday, the jury listened again to the secret audio recording in which Anderson talks about injecting Bonds. Both the tape and testimony are accounts of injections.

The jury seems to be working on count two of the indictment, having to do with injections. Bonds is charged with lying when in 2003 he told a grand jury when asked, "No other person like Mr. Anderson or his associates gave you injections?" Bonds answered, "No, no."

"The jury's done one of two things, either they have rejected the other counts and they're focusing solely on count two, or as many juries do, they're going systematically count by count. They've done whatever they're going to do on count one and now they're focusing on count two and they'll go through the rest of the counts in the indictment," said ABC7 legal analyst Dean Johnson. "If that's true, I suspect we'll be in for quite a long deliberation."

After the Hoskins testimony was re-read, the jury went back into the jury room and we heard nothing more from them for the duration of the day.

Tuesday will be day three of deliberations.

Trial Notes:
The re-reading was uneventful. Bonds popped a breath mint in his mouth midway through. Hoskins was at times a very animated witness, so it was somehow oddly entertaining to hear the monotone delivery of the court reporter on those memorable lines.

The jury's lunch break is not announced, but two jurors were seen coming back into the building at about 12:30 p.m. By chance, the prosecution team was not far behind. As they breezed past, ABC7's Heather Ishimaru could hear the word "injection." The team is not just Parrella, Nedrow and Novitsky. There are also two women. One always sits with the guys at the prosecution table, the other sits on the bench just inside the wall that separates the courtroom from the audience.

Talk among reporters has shifted from fact-checking to betting on when the verdict will come in. One legal analyst was heard to say the rule of thumb is one day of deliberations for every week of the trial. A reporter was heard to tell her photographer that she would buy him the best lunch in San Francisco if the verdict came in Monday. Clearly she's not expecting it until Tuesday at the earliest.


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