Barry Bonds’ defense lawyers today took another stab at keeping key evidence out of trial.
They say the government’s continued effort to use results of blood and urine samples, logs and calendars that contain various notations mocks the court since that evidence has already been deemed inadmissible hearsay.
“First, rather than respecting the court’s ruling that the government has not established that any of the excluded evidence concerns Mr. Bonds, the government repeatedly asserts … the precise contrary,” today’s response motion says. Attorneys Dennis Riordan, Donal Horgan and Ted Sampsell-Jones handled this part of the pre-trial work for the ex-Giants slugger, who is charged with 10 counts of lying to a grand jury and one count of obstruction.
The defense also is trying to block the testimony of several pro athletes who would testify that they obtained performance-enhancing drugs and instructions how to use them from ex-Bonds trainer Greg Anderson, whose continued refusal to testify has thrown a major kink in the prosecution’s case.
The fight over evidence comes in preparation of the March 21 trial. Northern District Judge Susan Illston has set a motions hearing for next Friday.