Clemens found not guilty in perjury trial
Former baseball pitcher Roger Clemens is joined by his wife, Debbie Clemens, at the U.S. District Court in Washington.
June 18th, 2012
04:15 PM ET

Clemens found not guilty in perjury trial

[Updated at 4:55 p.m. ET] Famed baseball pitcher Roger Clemens was found not guilty Monday of lying to Congress during an investigation of steroid use among major league players.

The case against Clemens involved one count of obstruction of Congress, three counts of making false statements and two counts of perjury. He was found not guilty on all counts.

"Mr. Clemens, you're free to go," Judge Reggie Walton said after the verdicts were read in U.S. District Court in Washington.

Clemens on verdict: Time to be thankful

Clemens wiped away tears as he hugged his sons in the courtroom following the verdicts.

He was not charged with illicit use of performance-enhancing drugs, but his denial of such use was part of the case against him.

Arguments in the trial concluded last week. Federal prosecutor Courtney Saleski, in closing arguments Tuesday, told the jury Clemens "wanted to protect his brand, he wanted to protect his livelihood," in denying the use of steroids during a 2008 investigation by the U.S. House of Representatives into the problem.

The Clemens defense team disputed whether the government has made its case, telling the jury all the evidence came through a former personal trainer, Brian McNamee, who the defense team said had incentive to lie.

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  1. Superman

    Clement + Floyd landis+lance armstrong minus 1 equals to idiots not lance either clement has money Floyd landis is broke and lance has done nothing wrong

    June 19, 2012 at 2:24 am | Report abuse |
  2. M.J. Rules

    I totally fail to see what Michael Jordan has to do with steroids? A ridiculous leap. If he was gulty of anything, he was guilty of gambling with his finances, not his life. Anything he did on the court would not be nullified by any GH...and I remember very well the rumors of Mr. Jordan's father being murdered for gambling debts. Nothing was ever proven. Dissing MJ for some point about steroids is a diversionary tactic to the extreme. They are not remotely related.

    June 19, 2012 at 1:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • V.P.

      Well stated M.J.

      June 19, 2012 at 3:24 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Libdumb

    I sit here in hysterics about our judicial system. Clemens, Bonds, Edwards, Jackson, etc. etc. Our system is a joke. Why was taxpayer money spent for this futile effort. Believe me I am happy he got off for lying to a pack of liars but we all know what happened in this era. The real people that should be in jail are the executives.

    June 19, 2012 at 3:26 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Ancient Texan

    WHY did the congress ever get involved in this issue in the first place? This was not an issue for the government to stick their nose into.

    June 19, 2012 at 3:37 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Heinz A. Rost

    Considering the latest developments, ATF should not be a Government Agency, Alcohol, Tabacco, and Firearms should be a chain of convinenienve Stores.

    June 22, 2012 at 10:39 am | Report abuse |
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