Farella Braun & Martel's William Keane knows what a deadlocked jury looks like. And he's not ready to say that's where the Barry Bonds' panel is headed.
But check back this time Wednesday.
"Given the the length of the case and the powerful points made on both sides and the quality of the lawyering, I'm not overly surprised the jury is not back today," said Keane, who defended track coach Trevor Graham in his BALCO trial in 2008, which ended with a hung jury on two of the three counts and a conviction on the third. "I think if the jury is not back [Wednesday], the prosecution has to start getting nervous."
Keane, who watched chunks of the Bonds trial, which was shown on a closed-circuit video in the ceremonial courtroom, added: "On the other hand, there's no note yet suggesting that they aren't having productive deliberations moving toward verdict."
The jury left today, its third day of deliberations, without asking for any additional evidence or sending any notes. Friday they asked to hear the secret recording that Bonds' ex-friend and business partner Steve Hoskins made of Bonds' then-trainer Greg Anderson discussing steroids. Monday, they had another witnesses' testimony read back.
But today, they stayed in the jury room.
If Bonds himself is getting nervous, he isn't showing it. Reporters — many of whom have taken up residence in various nooks and crannies of the federal courthouse — have observed Bonds and his entourage seeming relaxed and at ease.
Day four of deliberations is set to begin at 8:30 a.m.