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. Jerry

    Nice job prosecution you just threw away any advantage you had should you decide to retry the case.

    July 14, 2011 at 12:00 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Larry

    Does this mean that he's free to go...the trial is over?

    July 14, 2011 at 12:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jerry

      Well this trial is over but prosecuters have the option for a new trial if they decide to retry the case. That will probably be decided sometime soon.

      July 14, 2011 at 12:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • cpinde

      Seriously who cares!! The government has no money but they care about sports. Total lunacy.

      July 14, 2011 at 12:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kawn

      It is DISGUSTING our government is spending a single second policing athletics. And we wonder why our country so fing f'd up. Because we have stupid dumb holes more concerned with baseball than job security, deficit reduction and illegal immigration. Absolute idiocy. This is what my tax dollars go to?

      July 14, 2011 at 12:47 pm | Report abuse |
  3. chaub

    Yep

    July 14, 2011 at 12:15 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Josh

    There seems to be a rash of incompetent prosecutors practicing recently. What part of "inadmissible" didn't they comprehend? Morons...

    July 14, 2011 at 12:16 pm | Report abuse |
  5. joe

    Who cares. Stop wasting taxpayer money on this guy. He's guilty of cheating in baseball.why does the gov need to stick their noses in.

    July 14, 2011 at 12:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • Yup

      Agreed!

      July 14, 2011 at 12:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • D

      I agree, but you can't lie under oath and expect the gov to sit back.

      July 14, 2011 at 12:27 pm | Report abuse |
  6. phillip Marlowe

    Way to go Roger! YOu still have that 90 mile an hour curve ball! Free at last I hope from this witch hunt.

    July 14, 2011 at 12:18 pm | Report abuse |
  7. klander24

    Shocker.

    July 14, 2011 at 12:18 pm | Report abuse |
  8. JR

    Scott free...cheater

    July 14, 2011 at 12:19 pm | Report abuse |
  9. HM1

    Big waste of time.

    July 14, 2011 at 12:19 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Larry

    Were these prosecutors who took instructions from the inept prosecutors in the Casey Anthony trial?

    July 14, 2011 at 12:19 pm | Report abuse |
  11. V

    Nice. ATF must've coordinated with them in the trial. Maybe gave 1400 vials of testosterone to the MLB and attempted to trace it back to Clemens. Retards.

    July 14, 2011 at 12:20 pm | Report abuse |
  12. nareg

    What a waste of taxpayer money!!

    July 14, 2011 at 12:20 pm | Report abuse |
  13. AT

    The prosecutors alma mater should be disappointed in him/her and the law school should be ashamed for failing to teach them properly for the real world.

    July 14, 2011 at 12:20 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Randall

    I'm glad this stupid trial is over. Why was Congress in the business of investigating Major League Baseball's steroid scandal anyway? If we're gonna give the government power over pro sports leagues, can they order the NFL season to start on time? And if lying to Congress were illegal and enforced fairly every member of Congress would be cited every time he/she gets up and speaks on the Floor. Roger Clemens should not be held to a higher standard than every other citizen.

    July 14, 2011 at 12:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sam

      I agree, Randall 🙂

      July 14, 2011 at 12:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • os

      I totally agree with Randall's comment. Incredible, mind-blowing hypocrisy and irresponsibility for a bankrupt government fully of liars to waste time and money on a baseball player. And, I consider myself a real baseball fan.

      Guess what DoJ - this case doesn't matter. MOVE ON

      July 14, 2011 at 12:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jean Sartre

      Wrong, gorilla breath, it aint over 'til it's over!

      Thyere will be another trial... count on it!

      July 14, 2011 at 1:23 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Matthew

    How about trying President GW Bush for misleading congress and the American people about weapons of mass destruction, and Iraq having or getting nuclear material as a pretense for invading Iraq. Then it turned out all to be nothing. What, Clinton has to endure impeachment proceedings, and Bush gets a free pass? Congress seems more focused on deciding whether Roger Clemens lied than fixing the economy, health care or fixing the unemployment rate. American tax dollars at work...trying to discover if a retired baseball player lied to congress about using steroids. What a waste!

    July 14, 2011 at 12:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • Steve

      That is soooooooooo old. Did you crawl into Bush's mind and see the brain cell that that has WMD = Lie? Then shut up.

      July 14, 2011 at 12:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sam

      Well said Matthew!

      July 14, 2011 at 12:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • NealR2000

      errr, because Clinton actually DID lie under oath. As for Bush, there's no actual evidence that he lied. He merely based his decision to go to war on what turned out to be incorrect intel. Many politicians on both sides of the aisle had access to that same intel and they voted in agreement to invade Iraq.

      July 14, 2011 at 12:29 pm | Report abuse |
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