Barry Bonds jurors end third day of deliberations without verdict
Jurors in the Barry Bonds federal trial deliberated for a third day Tuesday without coming to a verdict on whether Bonds lied under oath when he denied using performance-enhancing drugs.
The eight women and four men on the jury have asked to review two pieces of evidence since closing arguments on Thursday.
The panel listened to a recording Friday of Bonds’ former trainer, Greg Anderson, discussing how he injected performance-enhancing drugs, and a reading Monday of testimony by a witness who said she saw Anderson inject Bonds. There was no word from the jury Tuesday.
University of San Francisco Law Professor Robert Talbot, who has been following case, attributed the length of deliberations to “some disagreement among the jurors.” He said the jurors obviously consider the prosecution of Bonds “a serious case” and probably are aware that “what they do is going to be talked about a lot.”
Golden Gate University Law Professor Peter Keane said the length of deliberations indicates only that the jurors “are really wrestling with the facts and going over everything.”
Allen Ruby, Bonds’ lead defense lawyer, has paced the courtroom hallways waiting for a verdict while other defense lawyers have camped out in an attorneys’ room.
Bonds and his family members have come to the courthouse every day, and dozens of journalists also have kept vigil at the federal building in the San Francisco Civic Center.
Bonds faces four felony counts stemming from his December 2003 testimony to a grand jury investigating illegal steroid distribution.
He is charged with lying to the grand jury when he denied knowingly using steroids, taking human growth hormones or receiving an injection from Anderson. The former San Francisco Giant also is charged with obstruction of justice for allegedly impeding the grand jury probe.
-- Maura Dolan in San Francisco