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. Steve

    So what? A professional athlete lied about steroids, OMG! Stop wasting the taxpayers money already, dang.

    July 14, 2011 at 12:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dead Man Blogging

      And he lied to Congress, the biggest bunch of liars in the business. Incidentally, this happened in 2008 while Congress was so sure that baseball was such a threat to the American way of life that they ignored the collapsing banking system to concentrate on Roger Clemens.

      July 14, 2011 at 12:26 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Ish

    Pete Rose, Barry Bonds, ya'll got scrood big time!

    July 14, 2011 at 12:21 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Richard

    Defense will file for Double Jeopardy

    July 14, 2011 at 12:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dead Man Blogging

      I'll take Baseball for $100, Alex.

      Legally, double jeopardy only applies after an acquittal, not a mistrial. They'll just seat a new jury and do it again. Other than wasting tens of thousands more taxpayer dollars on this, nothing will change.

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

      Uh, no they won't. Double jeopardy means you can only be tried once for the same criminal act, he was never tried. If he had been acquitted then they couldn't retry the case, but in a mistrial, they can retry the case.

      July 14, 2011 at 12:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • Me

      You are double confused!

      July 14, 2011 at 12:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • chris

      You don't file for Double Jeopardy, you just raise it as a defense if they try to bring the same charges you were formerly acquitted of.
      Also, unless it was a mistrial with prejudice (which is possible if they find prosecutorial misconduct, but it seems unlikely here) there is no final resolution and therefor no double jeopardy. This is why Blago could be retried when the jury couldn't make a decision the first time.

      July 14, 2011 at 1:01 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Keith

    His lawyer looks like frank beamer.

    July 14, 2011 at 12:21 pm | Report abuse |
  5. comatose

    He is so guilty...but idiot prosecutors just gave him a "get out of jail free" card...wait a minute... are these the same Casey Anthony prosecutors?

    July 14, 2011 at 12:21 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Abraham Lincoln

    No point in even continuing. A BIG waste on money

    July 14, 2011 at 12:22 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Base Ball

    The state has the money to retry this case. The state would probably ask fans to donate their hard earned money to retry this case.

    July 14, 2011 at 12:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dead Man Blogging

      They don't have to ask. They just take. It's called taxation, and it's getting harder to justify the way government spends those tax dollars every day.

      July 14, 2011 at 12:31 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Igetchicks

    He's gonna goto prison and he's gonna get poked.

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

      Better reread that story.

      July 14, 2011 at 12:46 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Andrew

    They should just let him go, in light of all of the Global issues that are taking place, we the tax payers should be outraged for how much of OUR MONEY is being wasted by the courts. They should try the Lawyers in connection with this case for extortion of public funds.

    July 14, 2011 at 12:23 pm | Report abuse |
  10. brian

    It just seems like a bit to much at this pont. You just cant spend 3 years and millions of dollars going after everyone who has ever cheated/lied to win a baseball game. The probem now is that the prosecution is embarrased and is probably going to continue it. His name is ruined, his acolades are tarnished, hes out of the game, lets move on.

    July 14, 2011 at 12:23 pm | Report abuse |
  11. AGeek

    So glad we're spending our non-existent government funds on bullsh-t like this.

    July 14, 2011 at 12:23 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Joe

    Who cares if he lied to congress, all congress does is lie to us.

    July 14, 2011 at 12:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • Steve

      Well said.

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

      Seriously, pot (Congress) meet kettle (Clemens).

      July 14, 2011 at 12:27 pm | Report abuse |
  13. hahaha

    Must be the same bad prosecutors as the casey anthony trial. Way to go justice system!!

    July 14, 2011 at 12:24 pm | Report abuse |
  14. chop

    Everyone lies to Congress....the president, the CIA, the car manufactures...and now professional athletes...

    July 14, 2011 at 12:24 pm | Report abuse |
  15. CoffeePartyMember

    Who cares? Just a waste of money and legal resources for this case.

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