Barry Bonds steroid case: 8 women, 4 men chosen for jury
Eight women and four men were chosen as jurors Monday in the federal felony trial of former San Francisco Giant Barry Bonds, the home run king charged with lying to a grand jury about steroid use.
The panel was seated after prosecutors and defense lawyers quizzed potential jurors about their sports preferences, reading habits and attitudes about steroids. Two of the jurors are African American women, and one is a woman who said she had purchased Oakland A's sports memorabilia. The Oakland Athletics are the Giants' cross-bay rival.
Prosecutors and defense lawyers weeded out potential jurors in a packed courtroom, where Bonds is on trial for telling a federal grand jury in 2003 that he never knowingly took steroids. Jurors were told that the trial could last as long as four weeks.
Bonds sat at a lawyers table directly facing the jury pool. When one of his lawyers introduced him to the jurors, he stood, nodded and waved with his forefinger.
Cristina C. Arguedas, one of the Bonds' lawyers, questioned potential jurors on whether they would be able to put aside what they had read or heard about the case. She said that Bonds and the news media "did not get along, so most of the press has been bad."
Bonds' mother and three aunts attended the court session.
Bonds, 46, who broke the home run records of Henry Aaron and Babe Ruth, was implicated in an investigation of a Bay Area lab that distributed performance-enhancing drugs to athletes.
Prosecutors intend to call Bonds' former mistress, an ex-teammate who said Bonds told him he used steroids and a physician who is slated to testify that a urine sample Bonds gave to Major League Baseball in 2003 tested positive for steroids.
Opening statements are expected to begin Tuesday.
-- Maura Dolan in San Francisco
Photo: Barry Bonds arrives at the federal courthouse in San Francisco. Credit: Marcio Jose Sanchez / Associated Press