April 13, 2011
After 3 1/2 days of deliberating, the jury for the Barry Bonds perjury trial has reached a verdict, but only on one out of four counts: The all-time leader in home runs has been found guilty of obstruction of justice.
The jury has said it is split on the other counts that Bonds was charged with and are therefore deadlocked. Three of the four counts charged Bonds with lying in front of a federal grand jury: once when he said he never knowingly got steroids from his trainer Greg Anderson, once when he denied getting HGH from Anderson, and once when he claimed that nobody but his doctors injected him.
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The fourth count, however, was for the more benign-sounding obstruction of justice. On this, the jury agreed with the government's case that Bonds was slippery and evasive in his answers. Strange, then, that it could not agree on whether he lied to the grand jury but that it figured he was probably being vague and stonewalling for some reason.
While the jury deadlocked on two of the counts because multiple jurors were not convinced of Bonds' guilt, there was only one juror who cast a vote in Bonds' favor on Count 2, where Bonds stated that no one but his doctor injected him. Despite what was presumed to be excellent testimony from Bonds' childhood friend Kathy Hoskins, in which she said she witnessed Anderson injecting Bonds, one juror remained unconvinced.
According to ESPN reporter Mark Fainaru-Wada, who interviewed five jurors after the jury was dismissed, the lone holdout on Count 2 did not believe Kathy Hoskins because she was the sister of Steve Hoskins, whose testimony was shaky and contradictory.
Regardless, Bonds faces up to 10 years in prison on the one count but is likely to receive a far softer sentence, even as cushy as a few months of home confinement. Considering his brusque, antisocial manner and general disdain for humanity, that might be the best thing that happened to Barry in a long time.
The court announced that the next hearing would take place on May 20th, when we'll learn the sentencing date. Until then, the defense will surely be planning an appeal while the feds will consider whether or not they'll retry the three counts that resulted in a mistrial.
Note: Our daily Bonds summaries are compiled every day with the help of several Internet sources, including the Twitter accounts of @georgedorhmann and @gwenknapp, which have proved invaluable on a minute-by-minute basis.
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