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Parrella said Bonds‘ plan at the grand jury was to “sell the little lie and hide the big lie” that his exploits - including the record for home runs in a season (73 in 2001) and, later, in a career (762) - were built on steroids.
“It all makes sense when you realize the defendant lied in the grand jury because he wanted to protect his secret,” the prosecutor said. “It would have been embarrassing and humiliating for him to acknowledge it.”
“But you know what?” he added. “Other players did.”
Former AL MVP Jason Giambi, Jeremy Giambi, Marvin Benard and Randy Velarde all testified to receiving drugs from Anderson and said they knew what they were getting. Anderson has been jailed for refusing to testify, and the jurors will have to decide what to make of his absence.
Wearing a dark blue suit, light blue shirt and yellow tie, Bonds sat at the defense table, watching and listening. When the defense presentation ended, he gave lead lawyer Allen Ruby an appreciative tap on the left shoulder. Arguedas walked over to the first row of spectator benches and gave a hug to the player’s mother, Pat.
While there previously had been empty spectator seats on most days in the 19th-floor courtroom, there was a line down the hallway of people waiting to get in.
After Illston read the jury instructions, Assistant U.S. Attorney Jeffrey Nedrow spent nearly an hour and a half summing up the government’s case. He began with Bonds‘ appearance on Dec. 4, 2003, before the BALCO grand jury investigating steroid distribution to athletes.
“All he had to do was tell the truth,” Nedrow said. “He chose not to tell the truth, and that’s why he’s here.”
He said Bonds‘ testimony to the grand jury was unbelievable.
“He makes $17 million a year and doesn’t know what he’s taking,” Nedrow asked rhetorically.
Ruby, speaking for 64 minutes divided by a lunch break, pointed out how Nedrow and Ross Nadel, another assistant U.S. attorney, switched off asking the questions 36 times during Bonds‘ grand jury appearance.
Ruby and Arguedas attacked the credibility of the three primary witnesses against Bonds: former business manager Steve Hoskins, former Bonds‘ personal shopper Kathy Hoskins (Steve’s sister), and former Bonds‘ girlfriend Kimberly Bell.
“When the government forms alliances with some of the people you’ve seen here, things can go haywire,” Ruby told the jury. “And the system relies on you to make sure the system doesn’t go haywire.”
The defense said Steve Hoskins made up stories about Bonds after the player went to the FBI and accused him of theft, and that Kathy Hoskins went along to back her brother. Bell was described as a mistress scorned who signed false statements to secure a mortgage and exaggerated to a grand jury about Bonds‘ alleged decrease in testicle size that prosecutors claimed was caused by steroids.
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