Monday, September 7, 2009

UPDATE: Clemens Whiffs in Texas Libel Case

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Judge Keith P. Ellison of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas has sent 46-year-old former pitching ace Roger Clemens to the showers, throwing out the remainder of the seven-time Cy Young award-winner's defamation lawsuit against former trainer Brian McNamee (William Roger Clemens v. Brian McNamee, Case No. 4:08-cv00471).

Judge Ellison previously had dismissed the lion's share of Clemens' libel case, finding that McNamee's alleged statements were not libelous per se and that McNamee's remarks to the Mitchell Commission investigating steroid use in Major League Baseball were beyond the court's jurisdiction (See "TUOL" 7/2/09, 8/13/09).

Clemens' and McNamee's titanic struggle is now confined to federal court in Brooklyn where McNamee sued Clemens for defamation.
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