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The Bonds jury deliberates into its fourth day today

Apr 13, 2011, 8:24 AM EDT

Closing Arguments Delivered In Barry Bonds Trial Getty Images

The Barry Bonds jury has now deliberated for two whole days and part of a third with no verdict and they’ll be back at it today for day 4.

I’ve been asked by a lot of people if the jury taking this long is a good omen for Bonds or a bad one. Frankly, your guess is as good as mine. I’ve heard some people say that the longer the jury is out the more likely it is that there will be an acquittal, but that doesn’t square with my experience. In a really complicated case it may just take that long to get through it all and if a jury is doing its job properly, it can certainly take that kind of time and come back with a conviction.

It’s also the case — and my hunch, based on nothin’ but a gut feeling, is that it’s the case here — is that you see long deliberations like this when there’s a holdout or two on the jury who are for acquittal but most of the panel is for conviction.┬áBut really, it’s anyone’s guess. Much longer and we may hear word from the jury that they’re deadlocked, at which point the judge will send them back in and tell them to keep trying for another day or so.

Of course, we’ll have some sort of reaction no matter the case.

  1. heynerdlinger - Apr 13, 2011 at 8:54 AM

    I’m not a lawyer, but I’ve served on juries and I agree that it’s more likely that there are a few hold-outs than that they are going back and forth about the different charges.

    One thing this seems to prove however, is that the prosecution’s strategy of painting the defendant as an asshole and hope they convict hasn’t exactly panned out. I would have expected them to return a verdict quickly if the jury was predisposed against Bonds on a personal level from the outset.

    • chrisny3 - Apr 13, 2011 at 11:25 AM

      Insofar as a defendant’s poor behavior is relevant to the case, the prosecution will always try to use it to paint them as an asshole. But to say that that this was the main strategy in the Bond’s trial is really silly. It wasn’t. It was to paint Bonds as a liar first and foremost. The asshole part was a natural outcome of that endeavor.

  2. chrisny3 - Apr 13, 2011 at 11:29 AM

    Just a guess — the jury has already agreed on “guilty” for the injection count and has moved on to other counts, at least some of which they are hung up on or very slowly making headway on. But as long as there is a guilty verdict on at least one count, it’s a victory for the prosecution.

  3. Old Gator - Apr 13, 2011 at 11:43 AM

    >yawn< – damn, forgot to turn of the alarm on my cellphone. What time is it?

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