Prosecutors in San Francisco rested their case against Barry Bonds on Tuesday as U.S. District Judge Susan Illston turned down their late bid to get a newly discovered audio tape of two key witnesses heard by the jury.
Illston refused to let the panel listen to a tape recording of a conversation between Bonds’ orthopedic surgeon, Dr. Arthur Ting, and his former business partner, Steve Hoskins.
Prosecutors had hoped to use the recording to win back some of the momentum they lost last week when Ting directly contradicted Hoskins, who was a star witness and claimed the pair had repeatedly discussed the home run king and steroids.
Illston, however, said much of the tape was inaudible, and what could be heard was irrelevant and inadmissible.
The former baseball star is charged with three counts of lying during that court appearance when he denied knowingly taking steroids and human growth hormone. He is also charged with one count of lying when he testified that only Ting has ever injected him with any substance and one count of obstruction.
Bonds’ lawyers now have an opportunity to put on their witnesses, and teased at the notion of putting the former Giants slugger on the stand. But Bonds’ lead attorney, Allen Ruby, indicated the case would be ready for closing arguments by Thursday morning.
BEATEN S.F. FAN HAS BRAIN DAMAGE
A San Francisco Giants fan who was beaten at Dodger Stadium after last week’s opening game shows signs of brain damage and remains in a coma, a doctor in Los Angeles said.
Bryan Stow, a 42-year-old paramedic and father of two from Santa Cruz, is in critical but guarded condition at Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center. He suffered a severe skull fracture and bad bruising to his brain’s frontal lobes, said Dr. Gabriel Zada, a neurosurgeon.
At one point, doctors had to remove the entire left side of his skull to ease pressure on his brain. The pressure is now normal but Stow remains in a coma from his injuries and from sedation to reduce his brain activity, Zada said.
“There is evidence of brain injury and dysfunction,” Zada said.
The Giants announced plans to collect donations from fans at Monday’s Giants-Dodgers game in San Francisco to benefit Stow and his family. The team will make an initial contribution of $10,000 to The Bryan Stow Fund. Proceeds from a silent auction that day also will benefit the fund.
Angels right-hander Fernando Rodney has been dropped from the closer role to work on his mechanics after allowing two runs, two hits and four walks over 1 innings this season. Marlins slugger Mike Stanton (hamstring) will likely remain out of the lineup until at least Friday. Blue Jays star Jose Bautista is out because of a personal matter and could miss a three-game series against Oakland.