Prosecutors in the Barry Bonds perjury trial in San Francisco stunned the court Monday by revealing the discovery of a long-missing secret recording of Bonds' orthopedic surgeon, who last week denied having discussed Bonds' use of steroids.
But U.S. District Judge Susan Illston, who by late afternoon had reviewed the tape, said she “mostly” heard statements that were “almost entirely inadmissible or irrelevant.”
Steve Hoskins, a key prosecution witness, secretly taped Dr. Arthur Ting in September 2003, after federal agents raided a San Francisco area laboratory that provided professional athletes with illegal performance enhancing drugs.
Hoskins, who previously worked for the former San Francisco Giants’ slugger, had testified that he and Ting discussed Bonds’ use of steroids multiple times. But Ting, orthopedist to Bonds and other professional athletes, took the stand Thursday and denied that those conversations ever occurred.
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Prosecutors indicated they wanted to admit the tape – which they said Hoskins discovered Sunday, nearly eight years after he made it — to show that Hoskins did have conversations with Ting about steroids. That could shore up Hoskins’ credibility with the jury.
The tape, coupled with the illness of a juror, brought an abrupt halt to the swiftly moving trial. The prosecution had been expected to rest Monday, the third week of trial.
Illston said she had been concerned about “the timing of all of this and getting this on the last day of the government’s case.” But she said her review of the recording indicated it would not change the direction of the trial.
KENDRICK ROBBED OF SERIES RING
Police are searching for suspects who burglarized the Mount Vernon home of Philadelphia Phillies pitcher Kyle Kendrick and took his World Series ring.
Lt. Chris Cammock said the thieves also took many other valuable items – including a framed Ken Griffey Jr. jersey. He says Kendrick, a graduate of Mount Vernon High School, and his family were not home at the time of the burglary, which occurred in late March.
Orioles pitcher Jeremy Guthrie was hospitalized in Baltimore with a high fever that will force him to miss his start Wednesday against Detroit. Meanwhile, left fielder Luke Scott was out of the starting lineup for a second straight day with a strained groin. Right-hander Jeff Suppan, a 16-year major league veteran who was Kansas City’s top pitcher 10 years ago, signed a minor league deal with the Royals. Milwaukee Brewers right-hander Zack Greinke is expected to throw from the mound later this week as he recovers from a cracked rib sustained while playing basketball in the spring. He is expected to miss at least three starts. Federal judge Reggie Walton in Washington admonished Roger Clemens and his chief accuser – Clemens’ former trainer Brian McNamee – for coming “precariously close” to violating a gag order after each gave interviews last week out about the baseball star’s upcoming perjury trial. Walton ordered all parties in the case to review his gag order and warned that those who violate it will be held in contempt with possible fines and jail time.