Roger Clemens Perjury Trial: Former Pitcher Not Guilty

After four days of deliberation, a federal court jury found Clemens not guilty on all charges in his perjury trial.

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Roger Clemens Not Guilty On All Charges

Former major league pitcher Roger Clemens has been found not guilty on all charges in his federal perjury trial. NBC Sports:

Former major league pitcher Roger Clemens was found not guilty Monday on all charges of lying to Congress in 2008, the latest blow to the government’s prosecution of athletes for allegedly using performance-enhancing substances.

Jurors had resumed deliberations Monday morning after a four-day break.

Clemens, who won 354 games in the major leagues and was seemingly headed to a Hall of Fame induction, perhaps as early as next year, instead found himself on trial in federal court on perjury charges for allegedly lying about his use of illegal steroids or human-growth hormones.

This year’s trial was actually the second such event; a mistrial was declared last year because of supposed mistakes prosecutors made in presenting their case.

Clemens’ former trainer Brian McNamee and former teammate Andy Pettitte testified in the trial, and frankly, it was a mess — so dull that jurors were caught falling asleep during the proceedings.

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Roger Clemens Trial: Jury Begins Deliberations

After 33 days of the Roger Clemens federal perjury trial and over four hours of closing arguments, the jury retired to begin deliberations on Tuesday.

The prosecution painted a picture of a Roger Clemens who knew exactly what he was doing when he told members of Congress in 2008 that he never used steroids or human-growth hormone.

From MLB.com:

"One of baseball's most storied pitchers of all time ... had to keep his secret safe. Roger Clemens created a cover story," Guerrero said, adding, "Someone [else] was going to be the fall guy, not Roger Clemens."

The defense attacked the character of accuser and star witness Brian McNamee throughout most of the trial, and they continued to do so in the closing arguments.

"This wasn't advice (that Clemens gave to Andy Pettitte). This wasn't some kind of sit-down conversation. This wasn't some kind of confession. Hogwash. Hogwash. ... The government can't prove their case so they do things like this. It's not fair. It's not right. But that's why you're here," Attanasio said.

The jury now has to deliberate and reach a decision, which could take a while.

By way of reference, the jury deciding Barry Bonds' federal trial heard 11 days of testimony and deliberated for three days and four hours. On the other hand, the jury in the O.J. Simpson double-murder trial heard more than eight months of testimony and returned a verdict after four hours of deliberations.

Could be a day, could be a week. But the active part of the Roger Clemens trial is now over.

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Clemens Trial: Government Rests Case In 7th Week

In the Roger Clemens perjury trial, the Justice Department has finally, mercifully, rested its case:

The government called the last of its 24 witnesses Tuesday, concluding 19 days of testimony. The last witness was a toxicologist from the FBI who testified about the various forms of vitamin B12.

Including jury selection, the trial is now in its seventh week. It was originally expected to take four to six weeks.

Clemens' lawyers say they will need about two weeks to call their witnesses.

Here's what I want to know ... Who's the genius who was doing the original expecting? Because that dude was way, way off.

Maybe that same guy can estimate how much money our government's going to spend on this trial. Once we've got that figure, we can add 50 percent and we'll probably have a good idea.

People ask me why all the fuss. Well, there should be some penalty for lying to Congress, and perhaps a big trial like this one will serve as a deterrent. Especially if Clemens loses.

Of course, we'd all be better served by a system that penalized Congressmen for lying. But that's too much to hope for.

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