04 Feb Barry Bonds Positive Drug Tests Unsealed
From SF Gate and the AP:
A federal judge on Wednesday unsealed hundreds of pages of court documents at the heart of the government’s criminal case against Barry Bonds, including positive drug tests that prosecutors linked to the home run king.
The documents also include a transcript of a taped conversation between Bonds’ personal trainer and personal assistant discussing injecting the slugger, plus a list of current and former major leaguers, including Jason Giambi, who are scheduled to testify for the government at Bonds’ upcoming trial.
The former San Francisco Giant is charged with lying to a grand jury when he said he never knowingly used performance-enhancing drugs. His trial is scheduled for next month.
Federal prosecutors allege that Bonds knowingly used steroids, including a once undetectable designer drug.
Bonds lawyers moved to suppress 24 drug tests from 2000-06; more than two dozen drug calendars; BALCO log sheets;, handwritten notes; opinion evidence on steroids, human growth hormone, THG, EPO and Clomid; witness descriptions of Bonds'”physical, behavioral and emotional characteristics” — including acne on his back, testical shrinkage, head size, hat size, hand size, foot size and sexual behavior — recorded conversations that didn’t include Bonds; and voice mails allegedly left by Bonds on the answering machine of former girlfriend Kimberly Bell, which the government says “many of which were extremely hostile and threatening.”
The documents unsealed Wednesday are connected to Bonds’ efforts to prevent prosecutors from showing the jury much of the government’s evidence, including at least four positive steroid tests they argue can’t be conclusively linked to Bonds because of how they were processed.
According to records prosecutors took from BALCO, Bonds tested positive on three separate occasions in 2000 and 2001 for the steroid methenelone in urine samples; he also tested positive two of those three times for the steroid nandrolone. Prosecutors want to use those test results to show Bonds lied when he told a grand jury in December 2003 that he never knowingly used steroids.
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