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. Kawn

    I would love to know why in this budget crisis our fed government is wasting the taxpayers time and money investigating a stupid game. Who gives an F????? FOCUS ON THE DAMN ECONOMNY

    July 14, 2011 at 12:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • UnSub

      Could not agree more. I think the founding fathers had no intentions of using the United States judicial system for investigating things that are as relevant as cheating in a game of duck duck goose.

      July 14, 2011 at 12:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • Chalie

      This has nothing to do with baseball; he's on trail for lying under oath...that's why it's a perjury trial.

      July 14, 2011 at 12:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jeff


      July 14, 2011 at 12:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • Hugo

      Could it be because we choose our Congressmen based on their politics instead of their competence?

      July 14, 2011 at 12:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • Greg

      It's because he lied to congress. The only people who can get away with lying to congress is........our senators and representatives.

      July 14, 2011 at 12:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • Hugo

      BTW, there are times that elected officials should lie or at least not tell the truth. When justified, it usually involves the military. (Any news on the hunt for bin Laden? The answer could be "no, nothing new" at the time that the assault team was in the air. Otherwise it's tipping off the enemy.) It would be hard to write a law to prevent elected officials (at least the federal ones) from lying because of the legitimate exceptions.

      July 14, 2011 at 12:59 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Jon

    Listen, who are the liars? Do we not all agree that lawmakers have lied to us all...where do I begin? There are so many examples....the Gulf War, the deficit, the border to the south, oil....and they have time during these tough times to spend money on this trial? Furthermore, they did not follow the judge's instructions. I'm guessing in this climate of throw everyone in prison for looking the wrong way, that they've gotten away with this sort of sloppy prosecuting many times.

    July 14, 2011 at 12:44 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Zeke2112

    People seem to forget that while there's no law that says Congress can't lie to you, there IS a law that says you can't lie under oath. I'd rather have Congress fry Clemens – my childhood hero – that make it look like you can lie under oath during Congressional testimony and get away with it.

    July 14, 2011 at 12:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • Zeke2112

      *THAN make it...

      July 14, 2011 at 12:45 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Jenna NYC

    I say drop the whole thing. Why waste taxpayer money on this? I personally think that the creepy guy who saved the alleged evidence should be laughed out of court. Leave Roger alone. What's in the past, is in the past. Let him go and be a dad to his children.

    July 14, 2011 at 12:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • Hugo

      Doesn't really matter what you say. It does matter how you vote, though.

      Are the people you vote for really able to do the job to your satisfaction? It would appear not.

      Have you been voting for people who win or lose (or both)? If lose, perhaps trying harder to help the losers to win might get you want you want. Complaining won't.

      July 14, 2011 at 12:54 pm | Report abuse |
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    July 14, 2011 at 12:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • Me

      Rudi = confused fool.

      July 14, 2011 at 1:17 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Binyam

    Does that mean Roger Clemens is free now from persecution? If so, I am happy he is.

    July 14, 2011 at 12:46 pm | Report abuse |
  7. boocat

    Who cares? It's BASEBALL. And you show me one member of Congress who doesn't lie. Politicians are no example of decency and honesty

    July 14, 2011 at 12:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • Hugo

      Not the issue. One is a crime and the other isn't.

      I'll agree this case borders on the absurd. The committee that called Clemens, IMHO, had no business spending tax dollars on something so far outside of their area of responsibility. Clemens shouldn't have been given the opportunity to lie (IMHO).

      July 14, 2011 at 1:01 pm | Report abuse |
  8. AE

    Larry of Boston. We have term limits. It is called voting. Doing a bad job? Vote them out. Going a great job? Let them stay. This is easy peasy.

    July 14, 2011 at 12:47 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Jeepers

    Rusty Hardin was the one from the Anna Nicole Smith trial. All I remember from those trial highlights was this quote: "F*** you, Rusty." Oh yeah...and discussion of her "rosebuds."

    July 14, 2011 at 12:49 pm | Report abuse |
  10. 6thGenTexan in Washington, DC

    Let's try this... 1) How about we stop wasting tax payers money on outdated crap! 2) Have the federal bench require Congress (both sides of the aisle) and the White House to find common ground on what to do about the debt ceiling and 3) Then get it done posthaste. Let's focus on what is important – only!!!

    July 14, 2011 at 12:50 pm | Report abuse |
  11. The Doubter

    Doesn't the Judicial system have more important things to look after?

    Who cares whether or not an adult jock playing a kid's game allegedly took steroids?

    July 14, 2011 at 12:50 pm | Report abuse |
  12. mervyn

    That didnt take long. Seems like a waste of time and money anyway.

    July 14, 2011 at 12:51 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Congress are Liars

    That's really all i have to say.

    July 14, 2011 at 12:51 pm | Report abuse |
  14. SEAL Team Styx

    Who cares.

    July 14, 2011 at 12:52 pm | Report abuse |
  15. TixWoo

    Oh well, the Kangaroo Courts know what they are doing right?


    July 14, 2011 at 12:52 pm | Report abuse |
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