Barry Bonds’ confident defense team rested its case Wednesday without calling a single witness, just minutes after a federal judge accepted the government’s request to dismiss one of the five counts against the home run king. Prosecutors called 25 witnesses to the stand over 21/2 weeks, but the defense needed just one minute to present its side. The jury of eight women and four men barely had time to get settled in the courtroom in San Francisco before being told to return this morning for closing arguments. “We are expecting that you will get this case for decision tomorrow,” U.S. District Judge Susan Illston said to them. Once indicted on as many as 15 counts, Bonds will face just four charges when the jury starts deliberations.
– Associated Press