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. Casey

    I love loopholes too, Roger!! Looking kinda chunky....stop super-sizing Gordo!!

    July 14, 2011 at 1:06 pm | Report abuse |
  2. TakeNoPrisoners

    Chucky your not an American ! your posing as one, you are actually from the country dumbistan.

    July 14, 2011 at 1:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • guest

      says the person not knowing the difference between "you're" and "your". ZING

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

      What is that old saying about the pot and the kettle?

      July 14, 2011 at 1:36 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Snoop

    This isnt about steroid use – its about lying to Congress under oath. Or is that a minor offense that should be ignored? Knuckleheads.

    July 14, 2011 at 1:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • laughing at you

      You are preaching to the walls here. No one understands or can separate the legality of using steroids vs the legality of lying under oath. Hell, most of these people cannot even decipher the difference in "you're" and "your", how do you expect anything other?

      July 14, 2011 at 1:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • max

      congress ha been lying to us for years and they get away with it...

      who exactly did his lies hurt? was it worth the spend of money and attention from the government to prosecute?

      July 14, 2011 at 1:20 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Fed up with stupid Judges and Prosecutors

    For all those happy about the mistrial let's hope no one ever perjures themselves in a trial situation that affects you. Perjury laws are in place to prevent untruthful testimony that could convict someone of a crime, create doubt when a person is guilty or change civil cases. Do you want our justice system to allow lying without consequence? Clemens was clearly warned about the consequences of perjury. He was urged to take the fifth . Warned by his attorneys that failing to take the fifth he would possibly commit perjury. He didn't care he thinks he is above the law and now he likely will be thanks to a stupid ruling. If the prosecution edits the tape then the defense can claim justifiably that the jurors saw and edited tape and not the whole truth.

    July 14, 2011 at 1:08 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Jerad

    @Chucky... Ashamed to be an American..... One thing you should never say. If you dont like the flag that protects you find a new one. We all have choices. This is a failure in our legal system. Clemens should have been made an example of so that others learn they cant hide behind our flawed legal system. Hes guilty in the publics eyes just like Bonds now. I would have had more respect for him had he just admitted what he did and accepted the penalties just like everyone else in the US is expected to do.

    July 14, 2011 at 1:08 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Wilson

    While it is unfortunate that performance enhancing drugs are rampant in many sports, I do agree that it is a waste of time and money for our Gov't to get involved. I also agree that something needs to be done to "clean up" sport. As I've always said, let them create two leagues in prof sports. One clean and one on drugs. Just put a (D) at the end of the new name. MLB (D), NFL (D), Cycling (D). Then our kids can chose which way they want to go when they turn pro. The (D) league would be a super human freak show that would generate tons of attention. And the normal "clean" league would be to see what is possible for the human body without "assistance". Oh, and test each and every player on the clean leagues at random and after each win. The (D) league would be free to use whatever they want and would have doctors to help limit the loss of life.

    July 14, 2011 at 1:10 pm | Report abuse |
  7. sp bob

    So, ummm ..... the Judicial Branch should selectively allow some people to lie under oath. What the heck, you know? Let some people lie and just wink at it, right? At least that what some of you seem to believe. Well not me. Whether or not Congress should have stuck their nose into the baseball/steroid issue in the first place is another question ... but once they did .... the Judicial Branch has a responsibility to not ignore perjury under oath.

    July 14, 2011 at 1:12 pm | Report abuse |
  8. JOE

    Sure enought! Different strokes for different folkes! Barry Bonds was harrasses and chastied by the sports media, the judicial system and major league baseball for a decade and subsequently dragged through a long and demoralizing trial over false accusation of steroid usage. Then at the end, he was wrongfully convicted of lying to a grand jury about steroid usage. But how many athletes in American sports before and after Barry have been alleged to have use steroids and subsequently unjustly and unfairly treated like Barry and wrongly tried and convicted for alleged steroid usage? The answer is none. So why Barry? For one he is black. Or maybe its just something about the name Barry. Remember president Obama? yea, likewise that Barry is also being treated unfairly and unjustly by the mainstream media and by the GOP for just trying to clean up the GOP's mess so that America can move forward.

    Furthermore, what if Barry Bonds did not surpass Roger Maris' and mark McGuire single season home run record? And what if Barry did not break Babe Ruth all-time home run record and eventually Hank Aaron's? So was Barry tried and convicted for allege steroid usage or rather because of envy and jeously over his home run accomplishments? So Roger Clemens gets a slap on the wrist while Barry was made a scapegoad and treated so unjustly by major league baseball and the judicial system.

    As a sport fan, I would like to leave the sports fans out there with something to think about... During Barry Bonds trial, I came up with my own theory to discredit the allegations by the critics that steroid usage contributed to Barry Bonds' home run accomplishments. And what I tried to do is sort of introduce a thesis to prove to the critics that steroids do not make a baseball hitter or Barry Bonds a home run hitter.

    For example, during Barry's quest to break Babe Ruth's all-time home run record, the critics alleged that Barry was hitting more home runs because the alleged steroid usage increased his bat speed. Likewise, during Barry's quest to break Mark McGuire single season home run record and Hank Aaron's all-time home run record, the accusations increased as the critics claimed again that Barry was hitting more home runs than feasibly possible because he had an enormously " quicker" bat as a result of alleged steroid usage. But get a load of this...There are nine (9) major pitches in major league baseball ( the fast ball, the change up, the sinker, the splitter, the knuckle, the breaking ball, the slider, the curve and breaking ball) and only one of those nine pitches require a fast or a quick bat to hit out of the ball park and that pitch is the fast ball. However, note that you can hit a fast ball out of many major league ball parks just by making contact with the speed of the approaching ball alone.

    Then with the above being said, commonsense would reveal that the other pitches in baseball simply require what is called hand and eye coordination, dicipline and patience to hit out of the ballpark as opposed to how fast the hitter can swing the bat. Furthermore, Barry Bonds spent three decades in major league baseball and with his longevity and experience in the game, I believe that those factors alone helped him to attain the all time home run record and also to learn about the art and science of hitting a home run in baseball. Furthermore, there is no medical proof that steroids improves a baseball hitter's vision or increases his chances of hitting home runs.

    Finally, Barry Bonds Father Bobby and his cousin Reggie Jackson and Godfather Willie Mays all played in the majors and I'm sure he learned a few things from them about the art and science of hitting a home run in baseball. let's face it, I don't know about Roger Clemens but Barry Bonds was born with good genes and he's a natural home run hitter. Furthermore, Barry Bonds didn't need steroids to do what he was born to do which was to hit home runs and in my eyes, Barry Bonds will always be the greatest hitter in major league baseball history.

    July 14, 2011 at 1:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • laughing at you

      He wasn't convicted of lying about steroid use, he was convicted of "evasiveness". He beat the actually flat out "lying" case.

      July 14, 2011 at 1:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • tim

      In your attempt to count 9 different types of baseball pitches you count breakball twice and also curve ball which is a breaking ball. Secondly the swing speed is actually more important to the hit the slower pitches out such as change up because as you actually correctly mentioned a fastball can go out just from good contact because it is coming in at 90+ mph. Steriods improve fast twitch muscle fibers which are incredibly important in sports and can certainly help a baseball player hit homeruns. Of course Barry Bonds would have still been a good player if he didn't take steriods but he certainly would not be the all time home run leader or single season home run leader. Adults don't starting getting bigger head and shoe sizes at age 40.

      July 14, 2011 at 1:28 pm | Report abuse |
  9. patrick A.

    I bet most of you Racist here,doesn,t feel the same about BONDS,who never even Lied.

    July 14, 2011 at 1:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • Me

      I doesn,t understand your message.

      July 14, 2011 at 1:38 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Anthony Quatroni

    Ya gotta love the overzealous prosecutors. In a vain attempt to make a name for themselves, they ruined whatever case they had against Roger. All I can say is good for him, this is a ridiculous case anyway. Have a nice day, stupid DA's!

    July 14, 2011 at 1:18 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Johan Morales

    Roger is finally free! Justice has been served

    July 14, 2011 at 1:22 pm | Report abuse |
  12. JOE

    While some of the respondents are saying that lying under oath to congress is a serious crime and subsequently alleging that Barry Bonds lied under oath to congress, let me remind these respondents that George W. Bush, John Boehner and the GOP lied to the American people and to congress about bogus and non existent WMD's in Iraq and as a result a whole lot of American soldiers died in the process. And what was their punishment? I call this outrageous! And if this isn't a double standard, then I don'y know what is.

    July 14, 2011 at 1:25 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Mel

    What a complete waste of tax payers time and money. He's being charged with lying to a bunch of lying policians. Lets charge all of the Washington DC policitians with purgery too.

    July 14, 2011 at 1:32 pm | Report abuse |
  14. swhin

    I care! Yes everyone lies. Congress is on the list, but sometime, someplace it has to stop. If we just let this go than we enable the lies. I'm not saying go to the ends of the earth, but I am saying we need to try and it's not a waste of money.

    July 14, 2011 at 1:35 pm | Report abuse |
  15. joe

    @Matthew: dude get a life, Saddam had WMDs, he used them on the Kurds. He also had rods that are ONLY used in nuclear plants(there's absolutely no other use for them), guess you forgot that tidbit of information though.

    July 14, 2011 at 1:35 pm | Report abuse |
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