Barry Bonds Trial: Defense Rests, Closing Arguments Upcoming

Wednesday has turned out to be an easy day in the Barry Bonds trial, because it's already over! After suggesting they might call Steve Hoskins and even Barry Bonds himself, the defense wound up resting without calling a single witness.

There were some other legal matters that got taken care of. For one thing, the prosecution dropped one of its four perjury counts against Bonds, pertaining to allegations that Bonds lied about using the cream and the clear prior to 2003. The defense had argued that the prosecution didn't present sufficient evidence, and so the government has dropped it altogether rather than try to argue otherwise. Bonds now faces three counts of perjury and one count of obstruction of justice.

Meanwhile, judge Illston has denied the defense's attempt to strike the testimony of former players, along with its attempt to strike testimony having to do with steroids and their possible side effects.

So we move on to Thursday's closing arguments. It's estimated that the prosecution will argue for around 1.5 hours, while the defense will argue for three hours. It's only a matter of time now before the jury gets to begin deliberation.

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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