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After five long years of investigations and a ten-week trial, Roger Clemens has been acquitted of all charges against him. The charges stem from claims that he lied to Congress when he denied using performance-enhancing drugs while testifying at a deposition in front of a nationally televised audience back in February 2008.
Facing a total of six charges – two counts of perjury, three counts of making false statements and one count of obstructing Congress – Clemens was found ‘not guilty’ on all counts. It was the second time Clemens escaped criminal charges in a Federal courtroom, as almost one year ago his case was declared a mistrial when government lawyers played video evidence that the judge had already banned. This time around, the government was attempting to use testimony from Clemens’ former strength coach, Brian McNamee, as the focal point of their attempt to prove that the seven-time Cy Young Award winner had used performance-enhancing drugs. Unfortunately for them, the evidence provided by McNamee was deemed unreliable.
McNamee was the only person to claim that he actually saw Clemens using steroids and HGH firsthand, but defense lawyers were quick to question his credibility, pointing out that McNamee’s story had changed over the years. He also provided prosecutors with needles and other materials containing Clemens’ DNA, which he claimed were from an injection of steroids in 2001, but the items had been stored in a FedEx box with a Miller Lite can for approximately six years, leading the defense lawyers to claim that they could have been contaminated or manipulated by McNamee.
Those claims by Clemens’ lawyers seemed to be enough to convince the jury that he was not guilty of lying to Congress, and after the verdict was read, the former member of the Red Sox, Yankees, Jays and Astros was happy to hear Judge Reggie Walton say the words, “Mr. Clemens, you’re free to go.”
Here is a look at Clemens speaking to the media after leaving the courtroom.
Hat Tip – [CNN]