Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Roger Clemens Federal Perjury Trial Starts This Week

I honestly thought we would never get to this point.

The court case to decide whether Roger Clemens lied to Congress in 2008 about his use of Performance Enhancing Drugs (PEDs) is set to begin tomorrow in US District Court in Washington, D.C.

Clemens has maintained his innocence for the past three years while the Federal government has slowly built a case after evidence and testimony was presented that contradicted Clemens' sworn testimony to a House Committee.

The star witness in the case is Clemens' former trainer, Brian McNamee, who was the one who testified before the same House Committee that he had injected and given Clemens various PEDs including steroids and HGH.

Another potential star witness will be former Yankees pitcher Andy Pettitte, who was teammates with Roger Clemens while they both were with the Yankees.

Pettitte has stated that Clemens once had a conversation with him regarding the use of PEDs and, in that conversation, admitted to using HGH.  Clemens says that Pettitte "mis-remembers" the conversation, but Pettitte's wife is also ready to testify that her husband told her of the conversation right after it happened.

Jury selection is to begin tomorrow, and opening statements are expected early next week.  If convicted of all counts, Clemens could receive up to 30 years in prison and a $1.5 million fine.

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