Jurors: Gov’t failed to connect Bonds and steroids

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The Hoskins “were family,” said Nyiesha, a nurse in her daily life. “That left me with reasonable doubt.”

Nyiesha said she almost changed her mind Monday, but decided to remain steadfast after “sleeping on it” that night.

“That was frustrating,” Steve the juror said of the hold out. “Kathy Hoskins was the most credible witness.”

But Steve and the other jurors speaking to the media said other government witnesses, including Bonds‘ ex-mistress Kimberly Bell, had credibility issues. Those jurors said it was obvious that Bonds‘ former friends were bitter about their relationship ending with the slugger, and had ample reason to lie about what they saw and heard.

Steve Hoskins, for instance, testified that he had 50 conversation with Bonds‘ orthopedic surgeon, Dr. Arthur Ting, about the player’s use of steroids. But after prosecutors called Ting to the stand, the doctor testified he and Hoskins never discussed Bonds and drug use.

“The prosecutors got a big bomb thrown in their lap,” said Steve, a 60-year-old engineer from Antioch.

Steve and the other jurors said Ting’s testimony cinched it for the majority that Hoskins couldn’t be trusted.

Steve, who said he was a San Francisco Giants fan, applauded Colorado Rockies first baseman Jason Giambi and the three former baseball players who testified that Anderson sold them performance-enhancing drugs.

“All the players who testified and came clean are the true heroes,” he said.

A majority of jurors also said they all but disregarded a recording Hoskins secretly made of a conversation he had with Anderson allegedly discussing injecting Bonds with steroids. The recording was difficult to hear and the jurors weren’t allowed to have a transcript in the jury room during deliberations.

“We never heard the name Barry Bonds on the recording,” said Jessica, a juror who said Anderson would have “shed a lot of light” on the case if he testified. Anderson was jailed for the duration of the trial for refusing to testify, which the jury was barred from learning until after the case was over.

“There was a piece of the puzzle missing,” Nyiesha said.

Amber said that it was obvious from testimony and Anderson’s plea agreement, which they got to read, that the trainer was steroids dealer.

But prosecutors never proved Bonds knew Anderson was giving him steroids. Bonds testified that he thought he was taking legal substances _ flaxseed oil and arthritis cream.

“There were no emails, no phone logs, no texts between the two,” Amber said.

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