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. joe

    Marion Jones went to jail for this same crime

    July 14, 2011 at 12:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • Meki60

      who dat?

      July 14, 2011 at 12:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • Meki60

      there was also check fraud envolved in this.

      July 14, 2011 at 12:39 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Tonelok

    Congrats to congress for wasting taxpayer money finding out who is cheating at baseball...
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    Why don't we hold a congressional hearing about every congressman and woman who has been accused of cheating/lying/witholding info. That would be a trial that would actually matter...

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

      Baseball is not what it's about, he's being tried for perjury, lying under oath.

      July 14, 2011 at 12:36 pm | Report abuse |
  3. jaso lee

    Money can buy you freedom.

    July 14, 2011 at 12:31 pm | Report abuse |
  4. DB

    I can't believe ANYBODY is actually opposed to this prosecution. So we've all decided that it's okay to LIE UNDER OATH because the government "has better things to do"? Pitiful. And where is it written the government can only do one thing at a time?

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

      Well said. Can't say it any better.

      July 14, 2011 at 12:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • Joey

      No we oppose it because there is no point. We oppose it because you can't just call people in to a congressional grilling for anything and expect them to go along with it and hang themselves. If he pleads the 5th hes guilty, if he lies he makes some lonely politician mad, if hes innocent you don't care he looks bad already. How about we have baseball players grill politicians when scandals come up in DC? This is more High School drama then Legal System. Sounds like the judge agrees, and said "Get this out of my court! " on a technicality.

      July 14, 2011 at 12:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • Me

      If he was smart enough to plead the fifth, it would have been the end of it all. At worst, he might have been charged with having once possessed illegal drugs. Lying under oath is illegal even for professional entertainers. It may not seem fair, but professional entertainers are (gasp) only humans!

      July 14, 2011 at 1:08 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Jinx62

    right on Joe!!

    July 14, 2011 at 12:31 pm | Report abuse |
  6. JACK

    Drugs and pain , if you have money they use them all . So they have no pain . It is nice too have money . The Babe
    only had beer , what a great player ! Good beer and fine wine & BBQ rib eyes with friends !

    July 14, 2011 at 12:31 pm | Report abuse |
  7. scott

    Its not that they care about players on drugs- thousands of them are- its that our government cares when you lie to Congress! This is a perjury trial, not a drug possession trial.

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

      Give up. They're idiots, they don't get it and they never will.

      July 14, 2011 at 12:33 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Cheryl

    (Snort)....Congress has plenty of folk that break actual laws. Why is it their business what Clemens did or did not do with performance enhancing drugs. Why are they flushing away taxpayer dollars on such nonsense?

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

      CLEMENS DEMANDED HIS OWN HEARING, YOU IGNORANT MORON.

      July 14, 2011 at 12:35 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Meki60

    whose Marion Jones?

    July 14, 2011 at 12:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • Me

      Not sure who she belongs to.

      July 14, 2011 at 1:09 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Alex Winter

    This is another example of the dual justice system in America: one for the rich & famous, one for the rest of us slobs. Utterly pathetic and disgraceful.

    July 14, 2011 at 12:32 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Conor Hartnett

    This is not what government is for. It's about the big picture.

    July 14, 2011 at 12:32 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Ryan

    Priorities.... One cheated in a game.... The other gave 3 trillion of our tax money to offshore banks... One has no impact on America.... The other will cause us all to starve. Priorities.....

    July 14, 2011 at 12:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ryan

      Should be Ben Bernanke on trial...

      July 14, 2011 at 12:34 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Mekell

    Lying to Congress? Guess they they don't like anyone beating them at their own game.

    July 14, 2011 at 12:33 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Jinx62

    because he's a lying sob cheryl, plain and simple...

    July 14, 2011 at 12:33 pm | Report abuse |
  15. JA

    People are missing the point as to whether the government cares about baseball or not – though they do because of special rights and privileges and unions and so forth, but putting that aside for the moment – this trial is about someone lying under oath. Doesn't matter if he's a ballplayer or whatever his profession ... unless he's with some of the famous banks from which government leaders hail and go back to, of course.

    July 14, 2011 at 12:33 pm | Report abuse |
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