Prominent defense attorney Cris Arguedas, partner of state Sen. Carole Migden, joined the defense team of baseball star Barry Bonds last week, as the long-time San Francisco Giant pleaded not guilty to charges of perjury.
As a lawyer, Arguedas is perhaps best known for her role in preparing O.J. Simpson for a potential cross-examination during his murder trial. He never took the stand. Bonds isn’t Arguedas’ only client with ties to BALCO, the steroids-connected laboratory.
From the San Francisco Chronicle:
Arguedas briefly represented former U.S. sprint champion Tim Montgomery, who also testified before the grand jury that investigated BALCO. Montgomery told the grand jury that he had used banned drugs and also testified that he had been told by Victor Conte, BALCO's founder, that Bonds was using drugs from BALCO as well.
Experts said it was possible that a conflict could arise for Arguedas if Montgomery became a government witness against Bonds.
Arguedas is hardly Bonds’ only lawyer. She is part of high-profile six-member legal team for Bonds, which includes a second member of her firm, Ted Cassman.
Below is a photo of Migden and Arguedas in a 2004 same-sex marriage ceremony in San Francisco, officiated by Mayor Gavin Newsom