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Bonds doc throws prosecution curveball


Prosecutors in the Barry Bonds’ perjury trial were thrown a curveball when the player’s personal physician Arthur Ting denied ever discussing Bonds’ steroid use with Steve Hoskins who testified last week. This testimony may have given the jury all it needs to question if the allegations against the defendant come from reliable witnesses.

Dr. Ting denied having multiple conversations with Hoskins who is one of Bonds’ former business partners and also denied telling him a Bonds1999 injury resulted from steroids use.

Here is that conversation as it played out in court:

Defense Attorney Cristina Arguedas: “Did Stevie ever say to you, ‘I need to get the information so I can get it back to Barry, so we would know what the effect of the steroids was?’ Did he ever say that to you?”

Dr. Ting: “No.”

The later on;

Defense Attorney Cristina Arguedas: “Did Stevie say to you, ‘Barry is taking Winstrol or Deca?’

Dr. Ting: “No.”

That testimony may have put Hoskins on the island of no credibility. Adding insult to injury, Dr. Ting also gave jurors what they may need to create a reasonable doubt that the back and shoulder acne coupled with size changes to Bonds’ testicles were all result of illegal steroids use saying that that corticosteroids could have caused those symptoms. Dr. Ting then verified that he had prescribed corticosteroids to Bonds in the past.

By the time the week was done, Dr. Ting provided a solid counterpoint testimony to Hoskins, Bonds’ former mistress Kim Bell and Stan Conte, the Giants’ ex-trainer. Conte had told the court of physical symptoms he observed on Bonds and that he saw Greg Anderson by the slugger’s side for years.

Bell and Hoskins were grilled by Bonds’ defense team and afterward jurors may have been given reason wonder if these witnesses had ill feelings for Bonds due to the player’s decision to sever ties with them.

One item Dr. Ting did not counter was the testimony of Hoskins’ sister Kathy, who was Bonds’ personal assistant. She told the court that she saw Anderson injecting Bonds prior to a road trip but could not identify what the substance was. Keep in mind, one of the perjury charges stems from Bonds’ denial that anyone other than his licensed physicians ever used needles on him at any time.

To sum this up, by the end of the week the prosecution had to retreat and lick its wounds after Dr. Ting took the stand and turned the tables.

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Paula Duffy is a national sports columnist for Examiner.com and the Huffington Post and regularly comments on sports/legal matters for radio affiliates of ESPN and Fox Sports. She founded the sports information site, Incidental Contact, is the author of a line of audio books designed for sports novices and in her spare time practices law in Los Angeles.

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“Did Stevie ever say to you, ‘I need to get the information so I can get it back to Barry, so we would know what the effect of the steroids was?’ Did he ever say that to you?” Defense Attorney Cristina Arguedas asked.

“No,” Ting said.

“Did Stevie say to you, ‘Barry is taking Winstrol or Deca?’ ” Arguedas asked at another point.

“No,” Ting replied.

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Bonds mistress labeled gold-digger, liar


Kimberly Bell testified for most of the day on Monday at the Barry Bonds criminal trial and first took the stand and made headlines when she said under oath that Bonds had used steroids. She then went on to answer prosecution questions about Bonds’ physical and emotional changes that could possibly be associated with steroid use.

Kim Bell didn’t disappoint the media who was standing by when she spoke about testicles, acne and hair loss but then Bonds’ lawyers got their turn to break down the testimony. When prosecution witnesses make accusations about a defendant like Bonds, the defense proposes alternative facts as reasons for the actions of their client. Contradictions in previous witness testimony or public statements are used to attack their credibility and then the character of the witness is fair game as well meaning Bell would be coming face-to-face with this strategy.

One of Bonds’ attorneys is Cristina Arguedas, defense litigator extraordinaire who then made it her business to make the ex-mistress Bell look like a gold-digging, lying bitter ex whose testimony is tainted by her decision to benefit monetarily from telling her story.

In their efforts to portray Bell in that fashion, the defense combed through loan docs for the home in Arizona that she purchased with money from Bonds. Arguedas pointed out that in answer to a question about where that money had come from, Bell earlier credited her parents and not Bonds meaning; she’s a liar.

Kim Bell’s answer to that was that she did what Bonds asked her to do meaning money given to her was then given to her parents to be returned as a “gift”. Arguedas fired back that prosecutors could have made a case out of her fraudulent loan documents but chose not to in order to have Bell’s accusations against Bonds in the trial.

Bell also retained representation for a book deal and other endeavors including a Playboy shoot that went bad. Bell was asked about whether the book was just a tell-all to smear Bonds and she responded that it was not; that it was supposed to be about her life’s journey, warts and all.

Unfortunately for Bell, she had hired a ghost writer who pumped up the sass about the salacious facts, giving Ms. Arguedas the ability to point out where Bell was making statements on the stand that contradicted the book.

The working titles for the proposed book were “Shadow of a Giant” and “Giant Mistake” and Bell said the draft only contained two sentences out of 72 pages about steroids. Bell identified the ghost writer as Aphrodite Jones who was introduced to her by her lawyers and (or) agents. The defense team questioned why those portions weren’t flagged by Bell and omitted from drafts. Connections were made between her efforts to make money and support herself and her appearances on TV and radio talk shows that supposedly played up sensationalized information about Bonds. Again, Arguedas was seeking the attention of the jury to label Bell as a gold-digger.

Uncomfortable Q&A ensued about Bell writing that Bonds’ testicles shrank to half their size. Bell is not a medical expert and admitted she wasn’t sure of the exact amount of shrinkage.

The defense brought up other women that Bonds was said to have intimate relationships during the time he was allegedly juicing it up and suffering from side effects that included sexual dysfunction. Bell was asked how she could explain his ability to spread his favors around if he was unable to perform but Bell couldn’t.

It was a long day for Kimberly Bell and both sides have to be satisfied with how they executed their plan of attack. The prosecution got the jury to hear the steroid admission and the testimony about his body changes while the defense got to point out that Bell isn’t the most trustworthy witness and she was out to make a living off the shrunken body parts and acne back of Barry Bonds.

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Paula Duffy is a national sports columnist for Examiner.com and the Huffington Post and regularly comments on sports/legal matters for radio affiliates of ESPN and Fox Sports. She founded the sports information site, Incidental Contact, is the author of a line of audio books designed for sports novices and in her spare time practices law in Los Angeles.

Copyright ©2011 Sports Climax, LLC

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Bonds mistress talks hair loss and testicles


In a much anticipated testimony, Barry Bonds former mistress, Kimberly Bell, took the stand for the prosecution to testify at the slugger’s perjury trial. Bell is said to have been Bonds’ girlfriend between 1994 and 2003.

According to reports coming from within the courtroom, Bell was methodically taken through her time with Bonds from their first meeting in the parking lot of the Giants’ stadium through his two marriages and one divorce.

Bell said Bonds admitted using steroids around 1999-2000 but it wasn’t an announcement as much as it was him answering a question about why he had a large bump on his elbow. She also told the court that Bonds said his steroid use was to get ahead and to keep up with others who were using. Bell said she never saw Bonds inject himself with any substances but she was witness on a regular basis to the slugger and his trainer, Greg Anderson, going into a room with Anderson carrying a black bag the size of a man’s shaving kit.

Steve Hoskins testified last week to seeing the same scenario during several Spring Training camps. Bell supported that claim saying when she stayed with Bonds during the spring she saw the same scene.

Bonds gave Bell money throughout the nine years they were together and according to the mistress, promised more. She said he funneled enough to her for a substantial down payment on a house in Arizona then later said he would pay it off but that never happened. Bell later fel on hard times then Bonds pulled away. Bell was employed while she lived in the Bay Area but was unable to latch onto an employment opportunity in Arizona.

After her break up with Bonds, Bell agreed to pose for Playboy. After being promised $100,000 in a fee by a photographer, she received less than $20,000 and the photographer who agreed to the initial payment committed suicide.

Is jail a real possibility if Bonds is convicted?

Bell’s most emotional testimony came when she talked about Bonds’ mood swings and she accused him of getting verbally abusive and disrespectful to her. She also described the physical changes to Bonds’ body and how he was concerned people would notice he was bloated. When he started losing his hair, he shaved his head and when his chest hair went grey, he shaved that too. Bonds also had acne on his back and shoulders and his testicles got smaller and odd-shaped, according to her testimony. She also said he had erection problems that necessitated medication, making sex more difficult.

Defense attorneys were ready to take their turn at Bell after their morning break. Check back here or go to my Examiner column for updates on that testimony.

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Paula Duffy is a national sports columnist for Examiner.com and the Huffington Post and regularly comments on sports/legal matters for radio affiliates of ESPN and Fox Sports. She founded the sports information site, Incidental Contact, is the author of a line of audio books designed for sports novices and in her spare time practices law in Los Angeles.

Copyright ©2011 Sports Climax, LLC

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Bonds perjury trial awaits mistress’ testimony


After three days, the federal criminal trial of Barry Bonds concluded with major prosecution witnesses planting seeds that may bear fruit.

One of those was Steve Hoskins, a former business partner of Bonds who told jurors about a secret tape recording of a conversation he had with the slugger’s former trainer and loyalist, Greg Anderson.

Hoskins said he taped Anderson because he was bringing it to Bobby Bonds, the slugger’s father who maintained a belief that his son was breaking homerun records without performance enhancing drugs.

“That was the only way to prove it to him,” Hoskins said. On that tape, Anderson openly discusses the administrating technique he used. Anderson described his technique for injecting Bonds in different parts of his anatomy without causing the abscesses and infections that are common in steroid use.

Bonds’ former business associate also testified he saw Anderson and Bonds emerging from his private bedroom during spring training with Anderson holding syringes between the 2000-2003 seasons.

Also taking the stand was agent Jeff Novitsky who concluded his testimony under cross examination by the defense team. He gave jurors a lively review of how he obtained much of the evidence in the early stages of the BALCO investigation and that included digging through trash bins at night and wading through human waste and blood to obtain documents and other substances that could indicate the steroids lab was distributing illegal drugs. He also added that Bonds’ lies impeded the BALCO investigation.

That is very important to document in an obstruction and perjury case in addition to facts that demonstrate the lie was a “material” factor in holding the case back. Novitsky  said:

Mr. Bonds’ testimony was inconsistent with the facts that had been gathered to that point. We had to take a look at other testimony that was provided that was contrary to Mr. Bonds.

In the on deck circle are Dr. Arthur Ting, personal physician to Bonds and Kathy Hoskins, sister of Steve and former personal assistant to the former San Francisco Giant who will be followed by Kimberly Bell, Bonds’ mistress of many years. The mistress is expected to tell the courtroom about Bonds’ sexual decline and describe how his body changed during this steroid use period. Since personal information is expected to be aired during her testimony, expect the courtroom to be packed for that event.

With these recent and earlier developments the jurors were instructed to stay off Facebook and Twitter about the case.

Used with permission of the author.

Paula Duffy is a national sports columnist for Examiner.com and the Huffington Post and regularly comments on sports/legal matters for radio affiliates of ESPN and Fox Sports. She founded the sports information site, Incidental Contact, is the author of a line of audio books designed for sports novices and in her spare time practices law in Los Angeles.

Copyright ©2011 Sports Climax, LLC

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