Rob Iracene at Yahoo with “Everything You Need To Know About The Bonds Trial: Day 1”:
Tuesday’s Main Event:The 12-person jury was selected with ease on Monday which left Tuesday morning wide open for opening statements. The prosecution went first, and, in order to illustrate how close Bonds was to folks in the business of selling questionable supplements, U.S. Attorney Matt Parrella showed the jurors a now infamous magazine advertisement of BALCO owner Victor Conte, Greg Anderson, and Bonds together and dubbed them “The Three Musketeers.” But Bonds’ attorney Allen Ruby objected to such a statement, and the judge sustained his objection.
Ruby, the son of a former pro wrestler and a former pro wrestler himself, is — as one lawyer close to the BALCO case describes him — a larger-than-life persona with a baritone voice. He took his turn at opening statements, explaining that the ad was done by Bonds as a thank-you to Conte for providing his cancer-stricken father, the late Bobby Bonds, with protein shakes and vitamins. Ruby then went one-by-one through the prosecution’s witness list, condemning each as a jilted companion out for revenge.
What’s next: On Wednesday, Bonds’ lead lawyer Allen Ruby will ramp up his cross-examination of Jeff Novitzky and try to prove that the Feds were after Bonds all along. Other witnesses due to take the stand on Wednesday include longtime Giants clubhouse attendant Mike Murphy, who will testify about Bonds’ hat size (no joke).
Also on deck, former BALCO VP James Valente, who alleges that Bonds, along with Gary Sheffield(notes) and Jason Giambi(notes), used the steroids called the “cream” and the “clear”.
David Fucillo at SBNation Bay Area is providing volumes of trail information:
Update: Barry Bonds Trial 2011, Wednesday Witnesses Expected Testimony: Mike Murphy, Giants Clubhouse Manager
As we enter day three of the 2011 Barry Bonds perjury and obstruction of justice trial, the government will bring on witnesses testifying to issues ranging from allegedly “actual” knowledge of Bonds’ steroid use and also circumstantial evidence that Bonds knowingly used steroids, and thus lied to the grand jury about such knowledge. This latter bit of evidence is where the testimony of Giants clubhouse manager Mike Murphy comes into play.
Murphy is expected to testify as to Bonds’ increasing hat size. Additionally, based on the government’s opening statement, Murphy will testify about the physical changes in Bonds that were consistent with steroid use (such as back acne). The issue the government has in proffering this testimony is connecting the dots between hat size, back acne, etc and Bonds’ knowledge that he was using steroids. One of the running jokes about Bonds has been the ever-increasing size of his head.
Update: Barry Bonds Trial 2011, Wednesday Witnesses: Steve Hoskins, BB Childhood Friend
This morning the trial will begin with the conclusion of cross-examination of former IRS agent Jeff Novitzky, who has been discussing the BALCO investigation and the Steve Hoskins issues. It’s appropriate then that witness number two today will be Steve Hoskins, Barry Bonds’ former childhood friend.
According to the government: Mr. Hoskins will testify that he was childhood friends with the defendant and that in approximately late 1992 or early 1993, he began working for the defendant as his assistant. Mr. Hoskins will testify regarding the nature and extent of his working relationship with the defendant, which included handling many of the defendant’s personal errands and scheduling, as well as managing the defendant’s promotional activities related to his baseball career.
During their relationship, Mr. Hoskins became aware that the defendant was using steroids with the assistance of his personal trainer, Greg Anderson. In this regard, he will testify how he learned of the defendant’s steroid use through, among other things, both the defendant’s and Anderson’s admissions to Hoskins. He will also testify regarding photographs of the defendant contained within government exhibits 46-54. He will also testify regarding the defendant’s athletic accomplishments during the relevant time period. Mr. Hoskins will also testify about other aspects of his relationship with the defendant, including handling financial and business transactions for the defendant, as well as the defendant’s financial motive to keep his steroid use secret.
For those of you who like to go back to the original BALCO reporting, Mark Fainaru-Wada of ESPN and “Game of Shadows” fame is tweeting his account – as is Victor Conte.
A personal note – I wrote a piece for a newspaper a few years ago which caught the eye of a member of the San Francisco District Attorney’s office. A reporter for a major newspaper wrote a similar piece the next day. The member of the DA’s office called this reporter and asked him if he knew me and how I knew the information on which I based my article. The poor lawyers egos must have been bruised when I criticized the government’s actions in the BALCO and Quest/CDT matters.
Laws and procedure exist for the protection of us all from intrusive and coercive actions. It is more important that the Bill of Rights is observed and not shredded than the government gets to send Barry Bonds to jail by using every means necessary, as Jeff Novitzky appears to have done.