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. Doc

    Will someone please explain why it was inadmissible? As I understand it, the conversation basically reinforced that Clemens used PEDS so I REALLY need to understand the legal "technicality" that made it inadmissible. This smells bad! Once again, our justice system at its best!

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

      Are you looking for logic, reason, fairness, due process and honesty in OUR court system? Where do you live? Fantasy land? The "system" is and of itself in contempt of Liberty and Justice for All in America. It's a great system if you have deep pockets like popper baseball guy. For the rest of us, it's a place where we have our rights and finances stolen.

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

    Curious. Clemens is charged with making false statements to Congress. A mistrial is declared because the prosecution made unpermitted statements to the jury. it would seem that the prosecution should be sanctioned.

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

      Sounds like they were.

      July 14, 2011 at 1:00 pm | Report abuse |
  3. aaron

    Could you imagine the outcry if Congress went after the millions of women who use estrogen, a far more dangerous and mood altering steroid?
    When are men going to make a stand and defend there hormonal rights?

    July 14, 2011 at 12:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rexa

      That's not exactly the same thing. Female atheletes have injected testosterone in themselves as well in the past (and still do) to enhance strength/performance. Estrogen doesn't do the same thing.

      July 14, 2011 at 12:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • Merriam Webster

      Once you learn how to spell, champ.

      July 14, 2011 at 1:20 pm | Report abuse |
  4. jorge washinsen

    Ever heard of a pauper being hauled into court for drug abuse? Lesson is ,if you don't get famous and rich and make headlines, no one cares. New organizations are still trying to get Lance Armstrong and the truth is ,if he was high, he would be in the majority right now in this period of time.He granny ,that pain pill you are taking is no different than the ones being sold on the street. They cause the same high and the same problems.Prescription drug abuse is probably more popular than the illegal drugs. Ever heard of a drug store going broke?

    July 14, 2011 at 12:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • chuck

      You are shockingly wrong. Our prisons are filled with lower income nobodies that are there for drug offenses.

      July 14, 2011 at 1:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • Me

      I agree. There a certainly no poor people on jail on drug charges. Santa told me.

      July 14, 2011 at 1:20 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Moe

    Personally, I cannot understand why so many people are so concerned about steriods / human growth hormones in MLB, while the entire nation turns a blind eye to it in the NFL. It is a complete joke and a great, if not the greatest, hypocrisy in sports today – I refuse to believe that Americans are that stupid, so why is it OK for football but not for baseball?

    July 14, 2011 at 12:53 pm | Report abuse |
  6. svann

    Prosecutors try to slip one by again. TV shows paint the defense lawyers as dirty dogs but prosecution is just as low down or worse.

    July 14, 2011 at 12:53 pm | Report abuse |
  7. ray

    Wow that crazy

    July 14, 2011 at 12:54 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Dave

    Next week on Americas dumbest juries...

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

      Juries? This was the prosecutors fault.

      July 14, 2011 at 1:04 pm | Report abuse |
  9. B

    OWEN OWEN OWEN OWEN OWEN OWEN OWEN OWEN OWEN OWEN OWEN OWEN OWEN OWEN OWEN OWEN OWEN OWEN OWEN OWEN OWEN OWEN OWEN OWEN OWEN OWEN OWEN OWEN OWEN OWEN OWEN OWEN OWEN OWEN OWEN OWEN OWEN OWEN OWEN OWEN OWEN OWEN OWEN OWEN OWEN OWEN OWEN OWEN OWEN OWEN OWEN OWEN OWEN OWEN OWEN OWEN OWEN OWEN OWEN OWEN OWEN OWEN OWEN OWEN OWEN OWEN OWEN OWEN OWEN OWEN OWEN OWEN

    July 14, 2011 at 12:54 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Albert Friday

    Congress lies to the American people every day.
    When is congress going to be held accountable for their actions?

    July 14, 2011 at 12:54 pm | Report abuse |
  11. ClemensEatsNads

    Roger,
    Go away!!!! Please just find a hole, bury yourself in it and never come back out.

    July 14, 2011 at 12:55 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Base Ball

    The prosecutors should consulted Atty. Baez how to win cases.

    July 14, 2011 at 12:55 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Hector Rules NJ

    All these posts complaining about how we're not focused on what matters, funny. I guess the JUDICIAL and LEGISLATIVE branches of the entire Government are working on ONLY this trail. Guess now that it's a mistrail they can get back to the Debt ceiling huh? lol

    But regarding this article, I guess crime does pay.... I went into the profession, these judges are getting huge paydays...

    July 14, 2011 at 12:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • Hector Rules NJ

      **Trial, sorry, I know how trolls like to focus on spelling and not the actual commentary...

      July 14, 2011 at 12:56 pm | Report abuse |
  14. free willy

    Best thing that could have happened. Roger is none of your business, leave him to the fans. McNamee most be feeling a little out of placed, all dressed up and no one to snitch on. Maybe he can be on Dancing with Stars. Congress needs to get over it self and save this Country. I just got back from California and that's our future. Return to capitalism now!

    July 14, 2011 at 12:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • chuck

      Did you feel the same way when Clinton committed perjury?

      July 14, 2011 at 1:04 pm | Report abuse |
  15. CTexas

    Lance you are next.

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