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.

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Clemens on verdict: Time to be thankful

Roger Clemens thanks all those who defended him after a jury found him 'not guilty' of federal perjury charges.

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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September 2nd, 2011
03:19 PM ET

New trial set for Roger Clemens

U.S. District Court Judge Reggie Walton on Friday granted federal prosecutors a new trial for former Major League pitcher Roger Clemens.

A starting date was set for April 17.

The case against Clemens, accused of one count of obstruction of Congress, three counts of making false statements and two counts of perjury, was declared a mistrial in July after evidence ruled inadmissible was shown in court.

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September 2nd, 2011
02:04 PM ET

Judge blasts prosecution in Clemens case

 U.S. District Court Judge Reggie Walton blasted federal prosecutors urging a retrial for former Major League pitcher Roger Clemens Friday, declaring that they had intentionally ignored his earlier rulings in the case.

"I would hate to believe they just blatantly disregarded rulings that I made, but it's hard for me to reach any other conclusion," Walton said.

Walton made his remarks during a hearing to determine if Clemens should face a new trial for allegedly lying to Congress.

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On the Radar: Texas fire, Clemens' trial, Casey Anthony
Firefighters say they've achieve 50% containment on a blaze that has burned 6,200 acres.
September 2nd, 2011
05:47 AM ET

On the Radar: Texas fire, Clemens' trial, Casey Anthony

Three things you need to know today.

Texas fire: Authorities were working on plans Friday to return home residents forced to flee a wildfire in northern Texas, a day after firefighters made progress battling the blaze that destroyed dozens of homes.

The blaze in Palo Pinto County scorched 6,200 acres by Thursday, according to the Texas Forest Service. The fire is burning near the resort of Possum Kingdom Lake, near the town of Brad, about 100 miles west of Dallas.

"We feel much better about this fire today" as the blaze is now 50% contained, said John Nichols, a spokesman for the Forest Service.

He said evacuations were lifted for some residents forced to evacuate the fire, which was driven by high temperatures and dry winds.

Clemens' trial: A judge will hold a hearing Friday to consider whether former Major League pitcher Roger Clemens should be retried for allegedly lying to Congress.

The case against Clemens - who is accused of one count of obstruction of Congress, three counts of making false statements and two counts of perjury - was declared a mistrial in July after evidence previously ruled inadmissable was shown in court.

U.S. District Court Judge Reggie Walton will consider how to resolve the case at Friday's hearing in Washington.

Casey Anthony: Casey Anthony's attorneys will be in court Friday fighting a motion by prosecutors to have her  reimburse the costs of  the investigation of her daughter's disappearance  and death.

Court documents filed by the state attorney's office and law  enforcement agencies indicate those costs are more than $350,000.

It is unclear whether Anthony will be at the hearing Friday in front of Orange County Chief Judge Belvin Perry Jr.

Anthony has been in seclusion since  her July acquittal on murder charges in the 2008 death of her  2-year-old daughter and her subsequent release from jail.

But  in the same case, a Florida jury convicted her on four misdemeanor  counts of providing false information to law enforcement officers.

Prosecutors have cited a Florida law that allows the state to fine defendants in criminal cases to recoup money spent.

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Judge declares mistrial in Roger Clemens case
Former baseball star Roger Clemens, right, walks into a federal court in Washington on Wednesday with his lawyer Rusty Hardin.
July 14th, 2011
12:00 PM ET

Judge declares mistrial in Roger Clemens case

A federal judge declared a mistrial in the perjury trial of ex-baseball all-star Roger Clemens on Thursday after jurors heard references to statements that the judge had ruled inadmissible except on rebuttal.

U.S. District Judge Reggie Walton said prosecutors should have modified a video that showed Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Maryland, during a 2008 congressional hearing talking about a deposition from the wife of former New York Yankees player Andy Pettitte.

Clemens is accused of perjury, obstruction of Congress and making false statements about his alleged use of steroids and human growth hormone. The former all-star pitcher testified under oath before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee in 2008 that he never used illegal performance-enhancing substances during his career.

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On the Radar: Deficit talks, Betty Ford funeral, Clemens trial, South Sudan, golf
Congressional leaders meet with President Barack Obama earlier this week to discuss a deal on the federal budget.
July 14th, 2011
08:25 AM ET

On the Radar: Deficit talks, Betty Ford funeral, Clemens trial, South Sudan, golf

Deficit talks - A fourth straight day of talks intended to head off a possible government default ended on a tense note Wednesday, with House Majority Leader Eric Cantor saying President Barack Obama cut him off by saying, "I'll see you tomorrow," before walking out. The exchange concluded almost two hours of talks that failed to achieve a breakthrough. Another session - the fifth in five days - was set for Thursday, participants said.

Betty Ford funeral - After a public viewing at the Gerald R. Ford Museum, a procession will travel to Grace Episcopal Church in Grand Rapids, Michigan, where a national tribute service will be held for former first lady Betty Ford. Lynne Cheney is expected to give the eulogy. In attendance will be former President Bill Clinton, former Vice President Dick Cheney and former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld (who also served in the Ford administration). After the church service, the family will return to the grounds of the museum, also in Grand Rapids, where the private interment will take place.

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On the Radar: Heat wave, Clemens trial, deficit talks, economy, N. Ireland, hacking
Max, a red-nose pit bull, cools off in New York's Columbus Circle fountain Tuesday as temperatures soar.
July 13th, 2011
07:53 AM ET

On the Radar: Heat wave, Clemens trial, deficit talks, economy, N. Ireland, hacking

Heat wave - A blistering heat wave retreated to the south Wednesday, bringing some relief to the Ohio Valley and Northeastern United States. The number of states under heat advisories has diminished to 12 - half the number earlier in the week. Dangerous heat is expected across parts of northern Texas through Thursday evening, according to the National Weather Service. Other states still sweltering under heat advisories are Oklahoma, Louisiana, Arkansas, Missouri, Tennessee, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, South and North Carolina, and Virginia.

Roger Clemens trial - A federal jury in Washington are set to hear opening statements Wednesday in Roger Clemens' perjury trial. The former baseball star is accused of lying to a congressional panel about whether he'd ever used steroids.

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On the Radar: Running bulls, royals in Canada, Clemens' trial
Crowds celebrate the beginning of the Festival of San Fermin last year in Pamplona, Spain.
July 6th, 2011
06:08 AM ET

On the Radar: Running bulls, royals in Canada, Clemens' trial

Three things you need to know today.

Festival of San Fermin: The bulls begin running through the streets on Thursday, but a full week of partying begins at midday today in Pamplona, Spain, as the Festival of San Fermin begins.

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The festival officially begins with the igniting of the Txupinazo rocket in the town's Plaza Ayuntamiento as Pamplona's mayor and town council open the celebrations.

Thousands of bottle champagne will be sprayed and consumed as the party goes into full swing.

For an idea of how the famous running of the bulls will go beginning Thursday, check out this great infographic from Spain's EITB.

Royals to visit destroyed town: Prince William and his wife, Catherine, will visit a fire-stricken town in central Alberta on Wednesday, the seventh day of their Canadian tour.

Slave Lake was devastated by a May wildfire that destroyed homes and other structures.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will meet emergency services personnel from the fire brigade, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and the medical response team in the town before visiting with families affected by the disaster.

Clemens' trial: Jury selection begins Wednesday in the perjury trial of baseball legend Roger Clemens.

Clemens is fighting a six-count federal indictment for allegedly misleading members of Congress over use of performance-enhancing drugs.

The former all-star pitcher testified under oath in 2008 that he never used illegal performance-enhancing substances during his 23-year career.

Clemens has never tested positive for drug use, but his name was among 86 that appeared in a report by former Sen. George Mitchell. The 400-page report listed players who are said to have used drugs to improve their performance on the field.

Sports Illustrated's Michael McCann answers eight questions about the Clemens trial.

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August 30th, 2010
11:05 AM ET

Ex-baseball star Clemens in court on perjury charge

Baseball legend Roger Clemens arrives in court Monday.

Retired baseball star Roger Clemens arrived at U.S. District Court in Washington on Monday for an arraignment on charges related to his testimony that he did not use performance-enhancing drugs, according to two court officials.

Clemens, whose arraignment is scheduled for 2 p.m., faces six felony charges, including perjury, obstruction of Congress and making false statements after he told a House of Representatives committee that he never used human growth hormone or steroids.

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