Roger Clemens acquitted of all six counts in perjury trial
As Roger Clemens sat in the courtroom biting his lip in anxiety as the jury foreman read the pitcher’s acquittal on the final of total six counts. The good news was met with tears of joy by the family as Roger Clemens, his four sons and wife stood hugging in the middle of the courtroom.
The acquittal came at an unexpected time for roger Clemens, who had been working out with his sons near a Mall and had to rush to the courthouse to hear the jury’s verdict.
It has been the second-trail against Roger Clemens after last year’s mistrial when the prosecution included a previously prohibited video clip in the trial.
"It's been a hard five years," declared Roger Clemens in a shaking voice.
Roger Clemens had been on a long testing road after denying the use of steroids or HGH, which had been cited in the Mitchell Report ( a study of illicit drug use in baseball). Hence, Roger Clemens was called to testify before a Congressional Committee in 2008, with Brian McNamee, the pitcher’s former strength trainer, as the prime witness, who testified he injected the 49-year-old with steroids in 1998, 2000 and 2001. Congress was found Roger Clemens accountable for 13 misleading statements and forwarded his case to the Justice Department. In 2010, a grand jury slapped Roger Clemens with one count of obstructing Congress, two counts of perjury and three counts of making false statements.
If Roger Clemens had been conceited of all six counts, he could have faced a maximum sentence of 30-years along with a 1.5 million fine. However, Roger Clemens stuck by the statement he made in 2008, "I never used steroids… Never performance-enhancing steroids,” said Roger Clemens.
The government lost the perjury case against Rogers Clemens since a juror expressed that the panel was not satisfied by the prosecution’s reliance on their sole witness Brian McNamee who claimed firsthand Knowledge of Roger Clemens’ use of steroids and HGH. While the credibility of a lot of witnesses was questioned, it was Brian McNamee who was constantly under-fire from Roger Clemens’ lawyers for time and time again producing disparities in his testimony, and his past association with drugs didn’t help either.
The defense refused to recognize the prosecution’s DNA evidence of syringes, cotton balls, needles, etc. Brian McNamee kept safe for six years in a Miller Lite beer can inside a Fedex box, after injecting Roger Clemens with HGH. The defense argues that the evidence could have been easily tempered with. The jury panel was difficult to convince since a juror cited the panel shares the sentiment that Brian McNamee is a “liar” out for vengeance against Roger Clemens.
While prosecution’s other witness Kirk Radomski testified to delivering HGH at Roger Clemens’ residence for McNamee, who needed it for a pitcher, there is no evidence that the drug was used on Roger Clemens.
Roger Clemens’ former teammate Andy Pettitte testified in front of Congress that the pitcher admitted to HGH use in 2000 or 2001. But Andy Pettitte changed course during cross-examination, claiming there was a “50-50” he misunderstood Roger Clemens.
Debbie Clemens, the pitcher’s wife testified she was shot with HGH by Roger Clemens, but she and Brian McNamee differ on when and where it occurred; or if Roger Clemens was present or not.
Although Roger Clemens feels his reputation has been tarnished and will hurt his chances in February as he contests for the Hall of Fame in February, there might be some relief in the fact that the pitcher still holds a small fan base and will always be remembered for hsi fast pitch’s which he carried through a 24-year career.