Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Judge Ponders Dismissing 1 Charge Against Bonds

A federal judge appears poised to trim the Barry Bonds perjury case before the defense presents a witness.The question is how much will be left when she's done.

U.S. District Court Judge Susan Illston said she will decide Wednesday morning whether to dismiss one of the five charges pending against Bonds, and whether to strike some of the material presented by prosecutors over eight days of testimony. The government rested its case Tuesday.

Bonds' defense is expected to be brief and it's possible the jury will begin deliberations this week.

The owner of the major league mark for home runs in a season and a career has pleaded not guilty to three charges of lying to a grand jury in 2003, when he denied knowingly using steroids and human growth hormone. He's also charged with one count of lying to the grand jury when he told it no one other than his doctor ever injected him with anything and another catchall charge of obstruction.


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