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. mikepapa

    Give the Rocket credit for hanging in there, despite the big error by the govt.

    Now leave the Hall Of Famer alone.

    July 14, 2011 at 12:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • Fritfrat

      Ever heard of the term "retrail"?

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

      poor helpless ball player. I feel so sorry for a schmuck who used drugs to get ahead. Actually, I only feel sorry for fools like you who pander to them....

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

      completely agree!

      July 14, 2011 at 12:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • Me

      Mikel: I don't feel sorry for him with respect to using drugs at work. That is none of my business. Nor should it have been the concern of our legislature. It was in issue for his employer, or at best, law enforcement. With that said, he was a fool for not just keeping his mouth shut. When he chose not to simply plead the fifth, he opened himself up to prosecution.

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

    What's with the stupid haircut on Clemens that is meant for children? Plus his lawyer can afford a better wig than that dead animal on his head.

    July 14, 2011 at 12:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • mlong

      Good one!

      July 14, 2011 at 12:38 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Jinx62

    the reason it went to court was being the lying pos perjured himself in front of congress and who knows how many others. But you had to know it would play out this way. Will there be a retrial? I certainly hope so.

    July 14, 2011 at 12:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • Fritfrat

      Why won't there be a retrail? The trail just started. They just need to empanel another jury and redo a few days work.

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

      hi I love Roger

      July 14, 2011 at 12:34 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Jay

    Who cared if he lied to Congress. They lie to us every day.
    Stop wasting our money.

    July 14, 2011 at 12:28 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Robbie

    Looks like Rusty needs a new tailor...that suit looks awful!

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

      Give the guy a break .... at least for once in his representation of Roger he got a great result.

      July 14, 2011 at 12:36 pm | Report abuse |
  6. willie

    Looks like the prosecution tried to sneak a spitball in there and got tossed!

    July 14, 2011 at 12:29 pm | Report abuse |
  7. John Giles

    The judge set a Sept. 2 date for a hearing on whether prosecutors can pursue a second trial under protections against double jeopardy

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

    Nice outcome in Amerikkka

    July 14, 2011 at 12:29 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Unenrolled in Massachusetts

    Since when is lying to congress considered perjury? Our elected representatives lie all the time and you never see them being charged with perjury!

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

      Last time I checked, our representatives do not make statements under AN oath which expressly requires them to state that they are testifying under the penaly of perjury.

      July 14, 2011 at 12:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • John D

      Congressmen usually don't lie, anyway.

      Politics is all about being dishonest without ACTUALLY lying.
      Since the electorate is as dumb as hell, it's not as hard as you'd think.

      July 14, 2011 at 12:37 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Joe

    The issue isn't ball players on drugs, the man lyed under oath. If I as John Q. Public did that, I would be tried and convicted. When do we hold our celebrities to the same standard? Gotta start somewhere.

    July 14, 2011 at 12:30 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Ed

    waste of our tax $$$...who cares if jocks take drugs....I care about the guys who fly the planes, drive the bus, teach our kids, etc.

    July 14, 2011 at 12:30 pm | Report abuse |
  12. The Oracle

    I understand peoples frustration with everything court related but let ask one question. Who decides which cases are worth pursuing? Who decides what is "worth-while" or a waste of time? What qualifies previous posters to be the Grand Poopah of this decision?

    July 14, 2011 at 12:30 pm | Report abuse |
  13. D-Money

    I'm gonna kill two people in bentwood, kill a lil baby in florida,video tape myself beating a motorist,shoot a rapper or two, then get the Governor to pardon me!!! I can do it!!!!

    July 14, 2011 at 12:30 pm | Report abuse |
  14. WhatWhatWhat?

    And just think, he could be in Maui right now having a drink and a blunt if he would have just fessed up to it to begin with. The truth is always less painful.

    July 14, 2011 at 12:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • Me

      He did not even need to confess. He only needed to plead the fifth, and that would have been the end of it.

      July 14, 2011 at 1:01 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Ryan

    Should be Ben Bernanke on trial.... Not Rodger Clemons...

    July 14, 2011 at 12:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • Hmmm

      What about Dubya? He should go first. Then Dick "Head" Cheney.

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