And just when you thought the pre-trial briefing over evidence in the Barry Bonds perjury case was done, enter the voicemails.
Prosecutors revealed Monday that they have a series of voicemails that Bonds purportedly left his ex-lover, and they plan to play them at the trial set for March 21. A new exhibit list indicates there are 11 messages prosecutors want to introduce through Kimberly Bell, who is set to testify about Bonds' testicle size, sexual performance and changing behavior — including claims of an instance of domestic violence.
At a hearing today that largely focused on public access to juror information, defense lawyer Cristina Arguedas told Northern District Judge Susan Illston the voicemails were news to the defense and that there should be an opportunity to brief and argue admissibility.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Merry Chan, the newest member of the government's team, tried to explain that the government plans to use those to show Bonds' "'roid rage."
"Are we arguing it now?" interjected Arguedas. "If so, I want to go first."
Illston then got counsel back to setting a briefing schedule and agreed they could argue the matter later this month.