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. RD

    Who cares. Who cares! Rick is right. Just let him fade away. Jeeeez, it was years ago anyway. Why don't these incredibly important Congressmen also look into the evils of steriods in wrestling, MMA, football, poker, hopscotch, etc. Wow!!!

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

      I didn't realize they used roids in poker. Is it so they can fold really hard?

      July 14, 2011 at 12:39 pm | Report abuse |
  2. N@tTurn3r

    Thank you, Joe.

    July 14, 2011 at 12:34 pm | Report abuse |
  3. fidgetwidget

    Clemens' face would indicate that he is still using steroids....

    July 14, 2011 at 12:35 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Carol

    This is a waste of taxpayer money! Do federal prosecutors and congress have nothing better to do than investigate steroid use? How much has the investigation of the use of steroids in sports cost the American people?

    July 14, 2011 at 12:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • spm422

      I 100% agree!!

      July 14, 2011 at 12:41 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Br

    I think they are trying him cause as one Analyst has pointed out. You don't want to set precedence that it's OK to lie at these hearings and there will be no repercussions.

    July 14, 2011 at 12:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • tomini

      Why don't they investigate the corruption in their own house, why aren't they investigating Weiner's lies or Rangel's lies. How about Hloder and the department of justice and their obstruction of justice regarding "fast and furious". Every single one of them lies and they want to take the attention off of themselves and the miserable job they are doing. Cut the debt, balance your budget. Pass a budget, stop campaigning and do your jobs.

      July 14, 2011 at 12:46 pm | Report abuse |
  6. rubes

    he looked like a fat, old, drunk in the first picture. nothing is going to happen to him if found guilty. just drop it and keep him out of the HOF. he can sit around and whine with pete rose and shoot-up with bonds and sosa.

    July 14, 2011 at 12:35 pm | Report abuse |
  7. gummyballz

    Figures.... the Rocket gets a pass...

    July 14, 2011 at 12:35 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Kevin in Atlanta

    I'm still confused as to why Congress was investigating baseball over the use of steroids anyway...

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

    If they arrested every professional sports player that has taken steroids in the last 30 or so years there wouldn't be
    enough time in this century to try them all. Roger does look pretty thick. Probably from excersize. (:

    July 14, 2011 at 12:37 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Jinx62

    does look as though now he's no longer taking those steroids, he could pass for a gerbil.

    July 14, 2011 at 12:37 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Andy

    Who cares... Spend the taxpayers money on something else.

    July 14, 2011 at 12:38 pm | Report abuse |
  12. coy4one

    At this point, all Federal Court trials should be postponed to save money, in case the lawmakers can't raise the debt ceiling. We may need the money for other critical expenditures.

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

    lol I think it's funny people continue to dismiss the fact that he lied under oath.

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

    Hey Congress...$12 trillion debt...looming default...any of this ringing any bells?

    July 14, 2011 at 12:39 pm | Report abuse |
  15. steve wa. state

    Im so glad there is nothing else for the feds to spend money on.... good thing there is no debt issues going on.. wow.. I think they ought look into the way farmers plant their crops.. could they be sending illegal signals to ailens??????

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