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. deandake

    How much money did Congress waste to get to this point? Why did Congress EVER get involved with this in the first place?

    July 14, 2011 at 1:39 pm | Report abuse |
  2. mike

    Dumb prosecutors. The man has been lying from day one. His legacy is stained forever

    July 14, 2011 at 1:42 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Mr. P. Off American

    Is there any legal case in the USA that money does not determine the reaults???? Seems like everything is in favor of those with money or a name!!

    July 14, 2011 at 1:50 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Houstonian

    If Roger were a steroid user, wouldn't he look a little more like Barry Bonds and Mark Maguire? I mean those two 'retired' and shrunk to about half their height of glory playing days size. Roger is still a rather bulky dude. The charges need to be dropped. It's Baseball, folks, not something that's life or death, not vital to national security or the war efforts. It's BASEBALL, for the sake of MIKE! Get over it and on to something way more important, like keeping the country from defaulting on its debt.

    July 14, 2011 at 1:59 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Lamarr Bennett

    is that a surprise?when do a fame trail have a gulty verdict?

    July 14, 2011 at 1:59 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Mekell

    Perjury is serious, no doubt. However, perjuring over steroid use, as opposed to say stealing large amounts of money or another serious offense seems to be less worthy of such expense.

    July 14, 2011 at 2:08 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Lon

    just give him more drugs. dont waste r money

    July 14, 2011 at 2:23 pm | Report abuse |
  8. John

    Hang in there Rog, as you can lie to the Grand Jury and the National TV like a former president of the U.S. I can remember, and get off free. maybe you can knock this out of the park too

    July 14, 2011 at 2:28 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Geo Killying

    July 14, 2011: Here we go again just sports; Haven't dick head reporters got anything to say about our nation going into default?; Always the same BS; sports;p what are you reporters going to do for a job, if in fact Obama keeps his word; You'll be screwed just like every other American; And the best part of it is CNN will show you twit reports the way out- ( Your FIRED ). Talk about how you are going to keep your job's; You all need to come down to earth; Your very job's could vanish over night if our Government shuts down; I do not want to read about wine women and sports song; I want read about the cons artists ( senators ) are doing for us Americans; I want to know is Israel going to still gets its money aide from America this year? I want to know how you reporters are going to pay for your car payments, apt rent, wine, food, cloths,Play Boy, take your kids to the movies, payments for a one night stand. Things that are worth reading about . Not the same old BS.

    July 14, 2011 at 2:31 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Scottish Mama

    I find it odd someone keeps a players DNA on needles and cotton swabs, without some kind of motive in mind. Blackmail?

    July 14, 2011 at 2:33 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Philip

    This sin't about sports. It's about animals that take growth hormones and steroids. Some animal species voluntarily consume these dangerous drugs so they can hit a ball a few feet further. Others of the animal species are forvced to take them. Why? So the cow can kick the bucket further when yer done milking it dummy.

    July 14, 2011 at 3:25 pm | Report abuse |
  12. joe

    Too bad the judge in Casey's trial didn't have the good sense to call a mistrial, maybe then they could've gotten someone with at least one brain cell on the jury.

    July 14, 2011 at 3:31 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Philip

    Congress is up Clemen's azz as the meat and dairy industry feeds these same drugs to your kids via steroid and hormone enhanced meat and dairy. What? You haven't noticed that our young girls are beginning to mentruate earlier in life? That your chubby boy is growing teets? Where do YOU think they came from?

    July 14, 2011 at 3:36 pm | Report abuse |
  14. just a thought

    No one likes to be lied to, not even liers and one lier will quickly call out another lier just to take attention off him/herself. I wish we could take every lying congress person and president (and lawyer) to court every time they lied to the public. I think we would be having a lot more elections in this country.

    July 14, 2011 at 3:43 pm | Report abuse |
  15. just a thought

    You are right, Philip, but why didn't you mention that these steriods and other drugs given to dairy, meat and poultry products are cancerious producing drugs? But, congress people don't care, they would rather take bribes from lobbiest and lie to the people that these things are OK. They don't even care about their own health. By the way, who convicted the tobaco people for lying? Yet, many of them keep on smoking.

    July 14, 2011 at 4:29 pm | Report abuse |
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