Ruling on tape awaited as Bonds trial resumes

Ruling on tape awaited as Bonds trial resumes

Ruling on tape awaited as Bonds trial resumes
The Barry Bonds trial was set to resume on Tuesday, a day after it was put on hold because a juror was ill. The missing juror, who had kidney stones, according to reports, felt well enough to return.

Despite the absence of a jury on Monday, key issues were discussed with Judge Susan Illston on the ninth day of proceedings at U.S. District Court in San Francisco.

The government informed the court that Steve Hoskins, a childhood friend and former business manager for Bonds, had found a tape recording that he had testified earlier included discussions about steroids with Dr. Arthur Ting, Bonds' surgeon, several news outlets reported.

By the end of the day, Illston said that the tape recording was likely neither admissible nor relevant to the case, but she had yet to rule on whether the recording or parts of it will be allowed as evidence.

Hoskins, whose secret digital recording discussing steroids with trainer Greg Anderson was played for the jury early in the trial, had testified that he spoke to Ting about 50 times on the subject of steroids; Ting testified last Thursday that they spoke about it only once. Hoskins also had testified at trial as well as to the Bonds grand jury in 2006 that he had used a mini-cassette recorder, different from the digital one he used to surreptitiously record Anderson, to tape discussions with Ting, but that he'd lost it.

On Monday, the prosecution, led by Assistant U.S. District Attorneys Matthew Parrella and Jeffrey Nedrow, provided a CD version of the tape recording, which they said they received Sunday night, to the defense and was in the process of creating a transcript. But the defense, led by Allen Ruby and Cristina Arguedas, mounted a strong protest to the Hoskins recording being found at this stage of the proceedings.

Bonds, baseball's all-time career home run leader and a seven-time Most Valuable Player in 22 seasons with the Pirates and the Giants, is standing trial on four counts of giving false testimony to a grand jury and one count of obstruction of justice in relation to his appearance before the Bay Area Laboratory Co-Operative (BALCO) grand jury in 2003, in which he denied ever knowingly using performance-enhancing drugs.

Dr. Don Catlin, an anti-doping expert, was called to the stand Thursday afternoon before the court went into recess for the weekend and was expected to resume his testimony Tuesday.

John Schlegel is a national reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.