Roger Clemens Case Ruled A Mistrial
The Roger Clemens perjury case has been declared a mistrial, and it would seem that a critical error by the prosecution led to it falling apart.
According to ESPN, U.S. District Judge Reggie Walton U.S. "scolded prosecutors" for violating his orders not to reveal certain evidence to the jury, which he says could put the whole case at risk. That evidence revolved around a conversation that former Clemens teammate Andy Pettitte had with his wife. In that conversation, Pettitte told his wife that Clemens had admitted to HGH use.
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.
Walton was angered that in the video prosecutors showed the jury, Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., referred to Pettitte's conversation with his wife.
Right now, it seems as if the blame for the mistrial falls squarely on a prosecution team that pushed its luck with the wrong judge, and it looks like that last nail in the coffin of the steroid era will have to wait at least a year. That's when a new jury will most likely be called, according to ESPN's Roger Cossack.
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