Opening Statements Today in Bonds Trial
Barry Bonds's criminal perjury trial officially began yesterday, with a full day of voir dire (pronouncedvwahr deer), which is the process by which attorneys select a jury by questioning the prospective jurors on their backgrounds and potential biases. At the end of the day, eight women and four men, two of whom are black, were selected—at the end of the trial, which could last as long as a month, these twelve individuals will determine Barry Bonds's fate.
Later this morning, the prosecution and defense are scheduled to give opening statements. If convicted of the most serious charge(s), Bonds could face up to 10 years in federal prison, though as a first-time offender it's unlikely that he would be sentenced to a term of more than two to two-and-one-half years.