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“He threw me under the bus,” Kathy Hoskins said, referring to her brother.

University of San Francisco law professor Bob Talbot said Kathy Hoskins’ performance may have saved the government’s case. He theorized that jurors could easily become deadlocked on the steroid charges and decide to convict Bonds only of lying about injections.

Several other observers agreed.

“The defense has to figure out a way of dealing with Kathy Hoskins’ remarks,” Vermont Law School professor Michael McCann, a sports law expert who has been following Bonds‘ perjury trial closely. “They can’t appear to treat such a sympathetic witness harshly.”

Nevertheless, the consensus among lawyers sitting in on the trial and watching it from afar is that Bonds‘ lawyers have worked hard to put their client in the best possible position headed toward the last week of trial.

“Right now, the Bonds legal team is in control,” McCann said. “I think they feel confident that the government was not successful in showing beyond a reasonable doubt that Bonds‘ is guilty. I expect they will present a modest defense.”