Monday, April 16, 2012

Will Outcome of Pitcher's Perjury Trial Be 'Clemens-y'?

WASHINGTON, DC - APRIL 13:  Rusty Hardin, atto...Rusty Hardin, attorney for Roger Clemens. Getty Images via @daylife"Let's play two!" Hall of Fame Chicago Cubs shortstop Ernie Banks enthusiastically used to exclaim.

The notion must have come to the mind of United States District Court for the District of Columbia Judge Reggie Walton as he began presiding today over the government's second attempt to obtain a perjury conviction against Cy Young Award-winner "Rocket" Roger Clemens.

Jury selection is underway, the Associated Press reported, in the case against Clemens, who is accused of giving false testimony to a Congressional committee looking into steroid use in Major League Baseball. The list of potential witnesses is a Who's Who of prominent baseball figures, ranging from Commissioner Bud Selig and Hall of Fame baseball writer Peter Gammons, to tainted home run king Barry Bonds and many of Clemens' former Yankee teammates, including Jorge Posada and Paul O'Neill.

Judge Walton declared a mistrial in July 2011, on the second day of testimony after prosecutors presented evidence to the jury that the court already had ruled inadmissible. A four-week to six-week trial is expected, which is about as long as the average Yankees-Red Sox game.
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