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ralph wiggum
07-14-2011, 12:02 PM
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The judge presiding over Roger Clemens' perjury trial declared a mistrial over evidence revealed to the jury that he believed would prejudice the jury against the former baseball star.

U.S. District Judge Reggie Walton scolded prosecutors for twice violating his orders not to reveal certain evidence to the jury and said it could put the whole case at risk. He took a recess Thursday morning to consider how to rule on a motion for a mistrial from Clemens' attorney Rusty Hardin.

Prosecutors suggested the problem could be fixed with an instruction to the jury to disregard the evidence, but Walton seemed skeptical. He said he could never know what impact the evidence would have during the jury's deliberations "when we've got a man's liberty at interest." "I don't see how I un-ring the bell," he said.

Walton interrupted the prosecution's playing of a video from Clemens' 2008 testimony before Congress and had the jury removed from the courtroom. Clemens is accused of lying during that testimony when he said he never used performance-enhancing drugs during his 24-season career in the major leagues.

One of the chief pieces of evidence against Clemens is testimony from his former teammate and close friend, Andy Pettitte, who says Clemens told him in 1999 or 2000 that he used human growth hormone. Clemens has said that Pettitte misheard him. Pettitte also also says he told his wife, Laura, about the conversation the same day it happened. Prosecutors had wanted to call Laura Pettitte as a witness to back up her husband's account, but Walton had said he wasn't inclined to have her testify since she didn't speak directly to Clemens.

LINK (http://espn.go.com/mlb/story/_/id/6768625/roger-clemens-trial-judge-declares-mistrial)

lacarnut
07-14-2011, 12:32 PM
I don't like Clemens but lying to Congress should not be a crime. Those Congress critters do it all the time. Every time Obama opens his mouth, a whopper is liable to come out.

Pulpfishin
07-14-2011, 01:13 PM
The crime is called perjury, Bill Clinton committed the same crime when he testified before congress, and NEVER stood before a jury for it.
In addition, WHY are these fucking idiots wasting our tax dollars on this horseshit anyway.
WHO GIVES A FAT RATS ASS what a baseball player injects into their butt, and why did congress even get involved?

They are all fucking idiots!

fettpett
07-14-2011, 05:35 PM
The crime is called perjury, Bill Clinton committed the same crime when he testified before congress, and NEVER stood before a jury for it.
In addition, WHY are these fucking idiots wasting our tax dollars on this horseshit anyway.
WHO GIVES A FAT RATS ASS what a baseball player injects into their butt, and why did congress even get involved?

They are all fucking idiots!

It's for the children!!!:rolleyes::rolleyes:

Molon Labe
07-14-2011, 07:21 PM
I don't like Clemens but lying to Congress should not be a crime. Those Congress critters do it all the time. Every time Obama opens his mouth, a whopper is liable to come out.

Yep. Not to mention that there are much bigger problems right now than an old ball player who took some drugs.

You'd think with the economy heading into depression like numbers they could stop the reality tv show.

KhrushchevsShoe
07-14-2011, 09:58 PM
The crime is called perjury, Bill Clinton committed the same crime when he testified before congress, and NEVER stood before a jury for it.
In addition, WHY are these fucking idiots wasting our tax dollars on this horseshit anyway.
WHO GIVES A FAT RATS ASS what a baseball player injects into their butt, and why did congress even get involved?

They are all fucking idiots!

Yea! We should be focused on the important things! Like Michelle Obama eating a hamburger. Down with the liberal mainstream media.

lacarnut
07-14-2011, 10:04 PM
Yea! We should be focused on the important things! Like Michelle Obama eating a hamburger. Down with the liberal mainstream media.

If she would keep that big fat mouth closed about what kids should eat, this would a non story. But no, First Wookie and her husband think they know what is best for us. Big brother wants to tell us what kind of cars to drive to what kind of light bulb we use.

Novaheart
07-14-2011, 11:04 PM
It's baseball, who cares?

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Rebel Yell
07-15-2011, 09:10 AM
ESPN's "legal guy", who used to be a federal prosecuter, said this morning that the Clemens trial cost the taxpayers "north of $10 million." There's something bad wrong with that.

NJCardFan
07-15-2011, 03:24 PM
Yea! We should be focused on the important things! Like Michelle Obama eating a hamburger. Down with the liberal mainstream media.

Yeah. Congress is investigating MO eating a hamburger. :rolleyes: You are such an asshole it's sad. What a sad life you must lead.

Generation Why?
07-23-2011, 12:44 AM
The crime is called perjury, Bill Clinton committed the same crime when he testified before congress, and NEVER stood before a jury for it.
In addition, WHY are these fucking idiots wasting our tax dollars on this horseshit anyway.
WHO GIVES A FAT RATS ASS what a baseball player injects into their butt, and why did congress even get involved?

They are all fucking idiots!

In short: Major League Baseball is a business, not just a sport. I am sure there is something along the lines of the anti-trust laws or God knows what as to why it happened. I don't know too much as to why but I am pretty sure it's along those lines. Not saying it doesn't look like a waste of taxpayers money by any stretch. That's just how I try to justify it to some extent

Rockntractor
07-23-2011, 12:50 AM
In short: Major League Baseball is a business, not just a sport. I am sure there is something along the lines of the anti-trust laws or God knows what as to why it happened. I don't know too much as to why but I am pretty sure it's along those lines. Not saying it doesn't look like a waste of taxpayers money by any stretch. That's just how I try to justify it to some extent

We didn't elect those idiots to police professional sports.

Generation Why?
07-23-2011, 01:27 AM
We didn't elect those idiots to police professional sports.

Understood and agreed. But business is a business.