bill-swift - May 17, 2012
Baseball fans around the world are probably wondering why Roger Clemens is still in the media even though he has not thrown a pitch in a meaningful game since September 2007. There is likely a whole generation of baseball fans that are not even sure who Roger Clemens is. Everyone is probably wondering why Congress is so intent on throwing the book at him too.
In case you didn't know--and if you didn't that's okay because some of the jurors in the case don't either--former ace pitcher Roger Clemens is on trial again for allegedly lying to Congress back in 2008 when he was called to answer questions regarding steroid use.
Wait? Did you say again? You mean this is a second trial? For perjury? What's the penalty for that? A slap on the wrist?
Actually, the penalty can be kind of harsh; as much as five to ten years per charge. However, in this case since Clemens does not have a serious criminal pass it is highly unlikely he would get anything more than a fine (whether it would be enough to cover the cost of two trials...).
The crux of the prosecution's argument is the testimony of the very person that allegedly injected Clemens, former trainer Brian McNamee. Why one man's word could be valued at more than another's is sort of a mystery, and it doesn't even look like the prosecution believes it will be enough.
Much of his testimony recently was geared towards garnering sympathy for McNamee due to the personal strain that the case has inflicted. Apparently, McNamee and his wife argued over what he was doing; she didn't think it was a good idea and that McNamee would be the eventual fall guy. The two are now involved in divorce proceedings.
So now Clemens is not just another dirty, cheating drug user, but he's a home wrecker too (low blow prosecution).
If this sounds like a colossal waste of time and taxpayer money to you, you are not alone. A second juror was dismissed recently after falling asleep during the trial. That leaves 14 jurors, two of them alternates.
So does that mean that it would be another mistrial if three more jurors are caught dozing off?
(Even at 50 Clemens still has it!)
Article by Travis Pulver
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