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. Karen

    There are more important things in this world then lying about steroid use. A waste of time and money to go to trial....

    July 14, 2011 at 12:56 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Chucky McLovin

    This just proves that America is a fascist police state. From the war on drugs, other "vice crimes", police brutality and beyond, America is neither free nor brave. I'm ashamed to be an American.

    July 14, 2011 at 12:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • Eddie

      Then leave.

      July 14, 2011 at 1:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • Proud American

      Then don't let the door hit you in your backside as you leave! Stinking hippy

      July 14, 2011 at 1:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • 99

      Then leave

      July 14, 2011 at 1:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • Me

      We are equally ashamed that you identify yourself as American.

      July 14, 2011 at 1:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • Conrad G.

      Then get out numb nutts

      July 14, 2011 at 1:45 pm | Report abuse |
  3. mikepapa

    Govt fizzles, as the Rocket soars again. Go Roger.

    July 14, 2011 at 12:57 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Andy ( PHILLY )

    With all of the crisis going on with our countries deficit, why are we spending money on this ? This is a problem for MLB and it's Commisioner not the American people and our tax dollars !!!! A message to our Reps in Washington DC , stop sticking your noses were it doesn't belong !!!! Let MLB take care of it's own dirty laundry and let's focus on DC'S dirty laundry !!!

    July 14, 2011 at 12:57 pm | Report abuse |
  5. mikepapa

    Govt had their chance, made an error now must accept it.

    July 14, 2011 at 12:58 pm | Report abuse |
  6. rschier

    Why is our tax money being wasted on this nonsense?

    July 14, 2011 at 12:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kenny

      Because Liars and Cheaters should not be rewarded.

      July 14, 2011 at 1:03 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Sick and Tired

    Just another professional athlete being slapped on the wrist. Used steroids to get where he got and made all that money off of it. I am sick and tired of celebrities and professional athletes getting special treatment as if they owed us something. If it wasn't for the fans, where would they be? Professional athletes and celebrities are WAY overpaid. Just sick and tired of it!

    July 14, 2011 at 1:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • stephen douglas

      Agree, but is still not worth Congressional investigations. Let baseball's commissioner handle baseball's problems.

      July 14, 2011 at 1:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • laughing at you

      BLAH BLAH BLAH BLAH BLAh, we're tired of hearing you suckers cry about other people's money as well....

      July 14, 2011 at 1:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • Chucky McLovin

      Get bent! Government has no business telling citizens what they can and can't put in their own bodies. THAT'S FASCIST!!! You're worse than a fascist! What's worse than a fascist? A fascist sympathizer. People that support the fascist civil war on drugs, deserve what Adolf Hitler got.

      July 14, 2011 at 1:10 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Unicorn prince

    It's terrible that they went after Clemens in the 1st place, just because he's gay. I thought our justice system had moved past this.

    July 14, 2011 at 1:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tim

      Clemens is gay? Damn, I never knew. This makes a lot more sense now.

      July 14, 2011 at 1:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • Me

      Thanks for the chuckle.

      July 14, 2011 at 1:32 pm | Report abuse |
  9. stephen douglas

    A complete waste of taxpayer dollars.

    Congress is agonizing over how to cut the budget and then this bs trial is being conducted.

    Here is a thought, let's investigate members of Congress for lying to the American people about our Social Security benifits. You know, the money that we are forced to send along with employer matching that is supposed to have been set aside for retirement and now you traitors, cowards, and thieves are saying funds may not be available to pay out?

    That would be an investigation worth pursuing.

    Investigating Clemmons, or Armstrong, or any other athelete is a total waste of taxpayer dollars. It is a shell game played by politicians to avoid having to make the big decisions regarding the more serious issues.

    July 14, 2011 at 1:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • laughing at you

      Yes, because I am sure that the few hundred thousand that this trial cost will make a gigantic difference in America's debt at this point, eh?

      The money spent on this trial is akin to pouring a gallon jug of water in the center of a forest fire...

      July 14, 2011 at 1:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • stephen douglas

      laughing at you...What a fool you are. True, the cost of the trial is small. But there is more to the actual cost, such as the loss of focus by Congress and many of the people. But, going back to the cost, as a business owner – which you obviously are not – I have pretty much lived by the saying, watch the pennies and the dollars will follow. We need to plug every hole in order to staunch the flow of money.

      As I said, you really are the fool.

      July 14, 2011 at 1:13 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Mekell

    MLB didn't seem too concerned, why should Congress be? Here's a spending cut, stop investigating frivilously.

    July 14, 2011 at 1:03 pm | Report abuse |
  11. bzr

    I can't believe that there were congressional hearings on growth hormones in a private sector baseball game...what an embarassement to American taxpayers.

    July 14, 2011 at 1:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • bzr

      what about the real criminals in congress like charlie rangle from ny who was convicted of lying and tax evasion yet only recieved a 5 minute verbal scolding?

      July 14, 2011 at 1:16 pm | Report abuse |
  12. framous

    I think that most of us agree that our Congress is so out of touch with the reality of crisis in this country. Do they not understand that we do not care about what Roger did or did not do with enhancements in his "baseball" career? Our Congressional Joke Squad can't even figure out what to do about the debt ceiling, SS and Medicare / Medicaid, but they have time to spend on this ridiculous issue that they have no business involving themselves with to begin with. Obviously they can't hear the voice of the people while they are perched so high on top mountain of BS that they have created for the rest of us. Get to work you idiots and take care of business that actually affects the ordinary American and stop wasting our hard earned money chasing ghost around Washinton....for God's sake, we are at war and this is what you are doing! Shame, shame on all parties....I wish we could fire all of them today.

    July 14, 2011 at 1:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • stephen douglas

      It's a sideshow designed to take focus from the debt, illegal aliens, the war in Libya, and any other important issues that really affect the country. Staying as neutral as possible about important issues affecting voters is how politicians try to get re-elected. Less said, more likely to appeal to a broader base. They are mostly traitors and cowards pandering for votes to keep thier jobs. Most would have been fired in the real world, and would not have been allowed to keep any benefits like Wiener was able to keep.

      July 14, 2011 at 1:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • laughing at you

      While I do agree that congress are basically idiots..I do not agree that any "hard earned tax" dollars will hurt our debt crisis any more or any less. We have been in debt for YEAAAAARS, and we really started spending money on these "frivolous" trial cases for the last 6 years or so. Please do not cater to the banter that these trials are what is costing America it's credit worthiness...that is caused by bad mistakes in congress, tax payers who should be paying taxes actually NOT PAYING TAXES, and America always lending a "hand" to way too many countries

      July 14, 2011 at 1:13 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Andrew

    I bet half of Congress is on some kind of illegal subsance, why don't we investigate them.

    In the time of great debt crisis, no one with a sound mind would pursue such an irrelevant case.

    July 14, 2011 at 1:04 pm | Report abuse |
  14. TakeNoPrisoners

    It is retrial not retrail. This isnt a cattle drive you idiots................

    July 14, 2011 at 1:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • Andrew

      You seem smart, you should sign up for Congress. Then you can teach those idiots how to spell Tomato".

      July 14, 2011 at 1:06 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Jordan Haddox

    Im not saying this for this case but i think it's pretty harsh that there finding Casey Anthony not guilty Everybody keep lil Caylee Anthony in our hearts and prayers<3

    July 14, 2011 at 1:05 pm | Report abuse |
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