Barry Bonds Trial Nearing End Of Government Witness List

On we go with the Barry Bonds trial. But I have good news! The thing may only go on a little while longer, as the prosecution has pared down its witness list.

Earlier today, we left off with a laboratory worker on the stand. The government called a few more lab workers as witnesses in the afternoon, establishing that Bonds' urine sample was handled appropriately from start to finish. The prosecution then informed the jury that Bonds' sample tested positive for THG, to which Bonds had previously admitted. The issue isn't that he tested positive; it's that he allegedly didn't know what substances he was taking at the time.

With the lab stuff out of the way, the prosecution only has so much left. Thursday morning, Bonds' grand jury testimony will be read aloud. After that, the government will call but three more witnesses - Bonds' former personal shopper Kathy Hoskins, Bonds' former orthopedic surgeon Dr. Arthur Ting, and anti-doping expert Don Catlin. The government is finished calling former players, trimming its initial list of witnesses.

So we're making real progress. We'll see what the defense chooses to do, but we may not be far away from closing arguments.

Follow along in this StoryStream for updates, and also get more information from SB Nation Bay Area's Barry Bonds trial coverage, for which David Fucillo will be live-blogging - and live-tweeting - from the courtroom. You can follow on Twitter @SBNBayArea.

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