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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  1. Philip

    Good point Mary. Except that livestock are forced to take dangerous drugs. Nobody is forced to smoke. Where's the love? he he

    July 14, 2011 at 5:51 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Carol

    I was glad to hear that the Judge in this case declared a mistrial. I do not believe for one moment that Roger Clemens took drugs to enhance his playing. He is an athlete of the highest caliber and I hope that he and his family can put this injustice behind them.

    July 14, 2011 at 6:12 pm | Report abuse |
  3. DD

    Just another example of a rich, famous cheater getting to do whatever he want's without paying a price for it. ( i.e. – Lance Armstrong ) If it were you or me, under the bus we go, and to jail and with a fine.

    July 14, 2011 at 6:18 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Philip

    Just another example of Congress pretending to have a handle on steroid and hormone use. Prior to 1994, only very crooked and greedy meat and dairy ranchers used steroids and growth hormones to make their livestock fat. It was illegal and very risky. Then, in 1994, from out of nowhwere, congress legalized the illegal use of dangerous drugs on cattle! When our foundation laws prohibiting sodomy were overturned, it was done on a state-by-state basis. How did congress make these dangerous drugs greedy ranchers use legal accross the country? Without even asking US about it?

    July 14, 2011 at 7:38 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Buffalo2002

    There is definitely a conspiracy occurring. My guess is that the prosecution threw the case, and threw it early, and my guess is that they WILL NOT be looking to retry him.

    With all the prosecution gaffs lately with Bonds and Anthony trials, they knew they would lose and spend slot of taxpayer $ in the process. But with a mistrial this early, they don't lose, they put doubt in everyone's mind about his innocence, and they do it on the first day.

    Do you really think they screwed up by accident and are that stupid. They are actually very very smart.

    Think about it.

    July 14, 2011 at 8:43 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Philip

    Yes, they[government employees who make up half of our workforce and are paid by the other half but forget about that when it comes, not to 'customer' service, but EMPLOYER service. You lazy basts/ards work for US! get that str8) get paid even if they don't do their job(s). AND! they are immune from responsibility! If an gov. employees screws-up really bad and it cost you loads of time and money, under current law you must prove that the lazy gov person did it intentionally! That he/she screwed up this time JUST to make YOUR personal life miserable! Proving that they didn't do their job matters NOT in a court of law. Plus your mailman is a paid-informant under contract to do so. Just thought I'd throw-in a little NAZI nastalgia deja-vu.

    July 14, 2011 at 9:21 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Grrrrrr.....

    This has fukall to do with the topic!

    July 14, 2011 at 9:37 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Philip@Grrrrr

    You wouldn't happen to be a letter-carrier would ya? he he. Bless theit hearts. Mailen just want to provide for their families. They didn't sign-on to spy on their neighbors! But there it is. What to do when Unky Sam wants you to inform on your community? Quit? Nope...you do what Hitler says to do, or you goto a Fatherland Security Prison yourself. "Here's your mail. See ya in 20...if you survive."

    July 14, 2011 at 10:25 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Grrrr@Philip

    You are full of it.

    July 15, 2011 at 12:30 am | Report abuse |
  10. genomega1

    This trial should be dismissed for egregious prosecution misconduct.

    July 15, 2011 at 4:35 am | Report abuse |
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