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Secret recording of Barry Bonds' surgeon not expected to offer critical evidence in perjury trial, judge says

The judge in the Barry Bonds perjury trial said Monday her review of a secret recording of Bonds' orthopedic surgeon, who last week denied having discussed the player's use of steroids, contained statements that were "almost entirely inadmissible or irrelevant." 

Prosecutors in the federal case stunned the court Monday by revealing the discovery of the long-missing secret recording of Dr. Arthur Ting, Bonds’ surgeon.

Steve Hoskins, a key prosecution witness, testified that he secretly taped Ting in September 2003, after federal agents raided a Bay Area laboratory that provided professional athletes with illegal performance drugs.

Hoskins had testified that he and Ting discussed Bonds’ use of steroids multiple times. But Ting, who took the stand Thursday, denied such conversations.

Prosecutors indicated they wanted to admit the tape — which they said Hoskins discovered Sunday, nearly eight years after it was made — to show that Hoskins did have conversations with Ting about steroids. That could shore up Hoskins’ credibility with the jury.

But  U.S. District Judge Susan Illston said she did not believe the tape would offer critical evidence in the case. She said Hoskins seemed to be doing most of the talking on the tape.

“I can hear very little of what Dr. Ting says,” the judge said.

Illston is expected to rule on the tape's admissibility once she has a complete transcript. Bonds' trial, now in its third week, was recessed yesterday because a juror was ill. Testimony is expected to resume tomorrow.

-- Maura Dolan in San Francisco

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I'm a white man, and never a Bonds fan, But Im starting to wonder if this "Witchhunt" is based on Racism. The Government seems quite willing to break laws to win this case. I also question the waste of money involved when the government is so broke.
Certainly there must be better things to investigate.

LA Times...please stop reporting these cases (Bond or Clemens)! This is a waste of time of your staff. Find other stories to report. These two loosers have no shot at the hall of fame. They have disgrace the sport and all you are doing is giving them more 15 min of fame. Let's move on to something more interesting, like why is NCAA and colleges making millions of dollars each year and no revenue is being giving to the college athletes? They are exploiting our young athletes. I agree they should be paid for there work as athletes. Not millions but at least a salary were they can live comfortable during there stay at school. This reminds me of slavery what the colleges and NCAA is doing!

The bigger question here is: if Bonds is found guilty of perjury regarding his steroid use, would he be stripped of his home run title and the record be reset to the Mark McGwire number, who also used steroids?

Maybe they should just reset all records to the pre-steroid era, does anyone know when that might be?

The President of the United States lies under oath to protect his political career and the drive-by media says, “Move on. It’s just about sex.” A baseball player claims that he “never knowingly took steroids” and the drive-by media want to put him away for life.

Worse yet, the government spends four years putting together a Federal case and indicts the ball player for obstruction of justice and perjury.

Is this really the land of the free, the home of the brave? Or have we become something else entirely? Everyone knows that the only reason in this world that Barry Bonds is being prosecuted is to further the career and political ambitions of some once-anonymous government trial lawyer. Is he a danger to society? Has he actually harmed anyone? Has he actually taken anything from anyone? Even if he used steroids every day of his entire career and lied about it, so what?

Cortisone is both a steroid and a hormone. Pitchers have used it for decades and continue to use it but that’s O.K. because the Gods of baseball have decided that’s O.K. If Major League Baseball wants to create a hypocritical set of rules with one group of players (the pitchers) allowed to use certain performance-enhancing drugs and another group (the hitters) not allowed to use certain performance-enhancing drugs, so what? What business is that of the United States government? And if some of the players play by the rules and some don’t, so what? What business is that of the United States government?

As to what somebody puts onto or into their own body, consider this. If a man does not have sovereignty over his own body, how can that man be considered free in any meaningful sense of the word?

We have a Social Security Trust Fund that consists of IOU’s where the United States government is both the maker and the beneficiary of the same note. If any private enterprise or citizen or publicly-traded company tried to do that, they would not only be arrested for fraud but the drive-by media would burn up tens of thousands of column inches talking about how laughably stupid it was for the same party to write a promissory note to itself from itself and call it an asset.

Ever see one story anywhere calling the Federal government on this obviously outrageous fraud? No, we don’t have the time, the energy or the integrity to tackle the really important issues but we have all the time in the world to worry about whether Barry Bonds ever applied a rubbing cream that might have contained some form of a banned steroid before he homered off a pitcher that was using some form of an approved steroid.

How much time is wasted and money lost because one juror is ill??? I am so tired of trials being delayed for days because of one juror. Hey "sick" juror, how sick do you have to be to just show up and sit in a chair for 5 hours? Wear a stinkin' face mask if you are worried about getting people sick.

Otherwise, kick this fool to the curb and bring in an alternate!


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