Thursday, September 17, 2009

"Bonds prosecutors seek to admit tests at trial"

How Appealing has a story about prosectors in the government's case against Barry Bonds. He also links to the audio of the oral argument, which the ninth circuit released today. The Mercury News article he links to describes what is at stake as: "A three-judge 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals panel appeared skeptical at times of the prosecution's arguments to overturn San Francisco U.S. District Judge Susan Illston, who in March excluded perhaps the government's best evidence on the eve of trial, including three positive steroid tests allegedly linked to the former San Francisco Giants slugger. But at least one of the 9th Circuit judges, Carlos Bea, also had some tough questions for Bonds' lawyer, Dennis Riordan." 

The How Appealing post is below:
'Bonds prosecutors seek to admit tests at trial': Bob Egelko of The San Francisco Chronicle has a news update that begins, 'A prosecutor in the Barry Bonds perjury case asked a federal appeals court Thursday to remove the government's biggest obstacle to winning a conviction: the refusal of Bonds' trainer to testify about drug tests that might show the former Giants star lied to a grand jury about steroid use.'
Howard Mintz of The San Jose Mercury News has an update headlined 'Feds try to bolster Barry Bonds perjury case in appeals court.'
And The Associated Press reports that 'Feds fight for key evidence against Bonds.'
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit has made available for download the audio of today's oral argument via this link (4.76MB Windows Media audio file).


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