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Bonds Trial Back on Track



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    SAN FRANCISCO, CA - MARCH 29: Former Major League Baseball player Barry Bonds leaves federal court at the end of the day on March 29, 2011 in San Francisco, California. Barry Bonds' perjury trial accusing him of lying to a grand jury about his use of performance enhancing drugs when he played for the San Francisco Giants enters its second week. The trial is expected to last two to four weeks. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

    The perjury trial of former Giants slugger Barry Bonds resumed Tuesday after the juror who was sick on Monday showed up at court.

    The prosecution could rest by the end of the court day as it is nearing the end of its case.

    The defense is not expected to put on many witnesses, so this trial could wrap up by the end of the week, according to court watchers. 

    In a pretrial filing, Bonds' defense team listed a handful of possible witnesses which included two trainers, a doctor who is a steroids expert, and Bonds' former attorney Michael Rains. They have the right to add more witnesses if needed to challenge the prosecution's case.

    Bonds is not facing charges for using steroids. Instead, is he accused of lying to a federal grand jury back in 2003, when he said he never knowingly took steroids.  The case centers around the word "knowingly." Bonds said he thought was he was taking was flaxseed oil.

    U.S. District Judge Susan Illston also reportedly ruled that an audio tape one of the key witnesses for the prosecution said he found over the weekend will not be admitted into evidence. The Mercury News says Illston said the tape was wracked with problems, including the fact that it was "barely intelligible."

    It allegedly has a conversation between Bonds' former business partner and friend, Steve Hoskins, and Bonds surgeon, Arthur Ting. The conversation could possibly have settled a discrepancy between their two testimonies. Again, according to the Merc, Illston said she will not allow the tape to be used in the trial.

    Bay City News contributed to this report.