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Monday 02, Mar 2009

  THE PRESS: PUSHING TO MAKE JURY DATA PUBLIC

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the-press-pushing-to-make-jury-data-publicUS District Judge Susan Illston is a very familiar name in the Barry Bonds perjury trial. A few weeks ago, she announced that she will be excluding the samples that would have been used by the prosecution to prove that the athlete had been using steroids. Just last week, she ordered that the forms that will be filled out by the potential jurors in the court trial be kept from the public. The prospective and trial jurors were made to answer a 60-question form which involved some questions on their beliefs, religion and other personal information. These jurors have been following the progress of the trial and of Bonds’ steroid use scandal for quite some time now. They will soon be facing defense and prosecution lawyers and Illston herself in order to explain their answers to the forms. After that, a total of 14 jurors will be chosen— twelve main ones and 2 alternates. Recently, the media has begun trying to convince the court to make the data on the jurors public as they see that there is no need to keep these information from the press.

Thursday 27, Nov 2008

  Barry Bonds scored points in his doping-related case

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barry bonds steroidsBarry Bonds’ defense team got five of the 15 pending charges dismissed against their client, and for the controversial slugger, that’s way better than scoring several home runs.

The home run king, however, is still facing 10 criminal counts and that number could reach 11 since prosecutors are seeking a new indictment, intending to correct the charge containing the typo.

Each of the criminal counts carries a potential maximum penalty of five years in prison; however, some legal observers say Bonds could get a lesser sentence with just 2 ½ years in prison.

Illston is known to hand lenient verdicts, such as in the case of cyclist Tammy Thomas. The judge sentenced Thomas to six months in home confinement, not anywhere near the 2 ½ -year prison term prosecutors had sought.