Barry Bonds' defense rests without calling a single witness in perjury trial
Barry Bonds' defense rested Wednesday without calling a single witness in the federal perjury trial.
The trial, now in its third week, will go to a jury of eight women and four men following closing arguments Thursday.
U.S. District Court Judge Susan Illston dismissed one of five counts against the former San Francisco Giants slugger Wednesday and reversed an earlier tentative ruling that would have excluded all evidence that steroids cause testicles to shrink.
The count Illston dismissed was a statement Bonds made denying that his personal trainer had given him "anything" before the 2003 season. That denial referred to two steroids known as "the clear" and "the cream," which Bonds admitted using but said he thought they were flaxseed oil and arthritis cream.
Bonds, who holds the record for most career home runs, is charged with obstruction of justice and three counts of lying to a grand jury in 2003 when he denied knowingly using performance enhancement drugs.
If convicted, Bonds could be sent to prison or be confined to his home for several months.
Both Allen Ruby, Bonds' lead lawyer, and Cristina Arguedas will make the closing arguments for the defense, Ruby said.
--Maura Dolan in San Francisco
Photo: Barry Bonds arrives at the federal courthouse for his perjury trial Wednesday in San Francisco. Credit: Paul Sakuma / Associated Press