“Did you emerge from the surgery and say to Stevie Hoskins in April 1999 that was an injury caused by steroids?” she asked.
“No,” he answered.
“Did Stevie consult with you about specific steroids like Winstrol and Deca?”
“No,” he responded.
“Did Stevie call you on the telephone, describe steroids for you, tell you to go check them out and then tell you to call him back when you could describe the side effects of specific steroids?”
“Never,” he said.
During a break outside the presence of the jury, Assistant U.S. Attorney Jeffrey Nedrow acknowledged to U.S. District Judge Susan Illston that there were inconsistencies between the testimony of Ting and Hoskins, who the prosecutor also conceded had been “impeached heavily.”
Arguedas complained to the judge that the government had an obligation to disclose testimony from Ting that would be beneficial to Bonds long before the trial, citing a May 9 meeting Ting had with prosecutors, two days before he testified to a grand jury in 2006.
“If this government doesn’t recognize that, then they have to go back to school,” she said.
Illston is considering Arguedas‘ request to hold an evidentiary hearing to determine if any government official had details of Ting’s testimony and, if so, why it wasn’t disclosed to Bonds‘ attorneys. Nedrow claims it wasn’t a substantive meeting and prosecutors have been unable to find notes from it.
Late Thursday night, Bonds‘ lawyers submitted a statement from Matthew Jacobs, a former lawyer for Ting, stating Ting’s 2006 meeting with prosecutors “was substantive and lasted approximately three hours.”
Ting, an orthopedic surgeon who has operated on Bonds eight times, also testified that he prescribed corticosteroids _ which are not muscle-building like anabolic steroids _ to ease swelling after surgery. Ting said those type of steroids have side effects that are similar to performance-enhancing steroids _ acne, weight gain, mood swings and loss of libido.
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