Pettitte's Wednesday testimony, under cross-examination from defense attorney Mike Attanasio, could be damaging to the prosecution’s case:
When Attanasio asked Pettitte if he might have misunderstood Clemens in that conversation, Pettitte responded, "I could have."
And, in the moment of the morning, Attanasio asked Pettitte whether it was "50-50" that Pettitte correctly understood his conversation from over 12 years ago.
"I’d say that’s fair," Pettitte said.
In the government’s redirect questioning, U.S. Assistant Attorney Steven Durham asked Pettitte whether he remembered other details of that day’s conversation, and Pettitte said he hadn’t.
Clemens’ long-standing claim is that Pettitte “misremembered” the conversations the two of them supposedly had on this issue. This testimony could bolster Clemens’ claim.
The trial is expected to continue for several weeks. Pettitte, meanwhile, will continue his attempt to return to the Yankees with more minor-league starts.