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Barry Bonds Perjury Trial Jury Deliberations: What Longer Deliberation Could Mean

The jury in the Barry Bonds perjury and obstruction of justice trial begins its second day of deliberations today with the re-reading of Kathy Hoskins testimony. Mark Fainaru-Wada and George Dohrmann are providing play-by-play on Twitter, although it’s just a replay of testimony for now. Hoskins testimony is key to Count Two, which covers the issue of whether Greg Anderson provided any kind of injection to Bonds.

The fact that jury deliberations will be entering a second day is intriguing. I’ve never served on a jury but my understanding is that there would be a vote held at the start of deliberations to see where folks stand. I suppose it’s different for different juries, but it seems logical to take a preliminary vote. That would mean there is some disagreement on at least one of the counts at this point. This could mean disagreement over just one count, or it could mean a lot of disagreement.

I think Count Two seems fairly certain to be a guilty verdict, which would mean to me that there is some disagreement on other counts. However, given that they wanted to hear Kathy Hoskins testimony again, it could be disagreement over Count Two. We can infer a little bit about what the jury is thinking, but it is fairly limited.