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Clemens refused plea agreement from government

Posted on: August 21, 2010 3:35 pm
Edited on: August 21, 2010 8:39 pm
Rusty Hardin Roger Clemens' lawyer has revealed that Clemens rejected a plea deal offered by the government.

The deal was offered several months ago in exchange for Clemens pleading guilty, a scenario both Clemens and lawyer Rusty Harden declined.

"I will tell you the recommendation they made was a very good one if he was guilty," Hardin told ESPN. "And if he was guilty we would have jumped on it. Everybody has all this great solicitous advice, all the media ... Nobody is answering the question: What if he didn't do it, what should he have done? And everybody wants him to confess."

It's certainly obvious that everyone believes Clemens guilty, largely based on the evidence and Clemens' poor showing before Congress at a hearing. If indeed guilty, Clemens has brought all of this on himself, and it could have been avoided by simply admitting guilt. It has been proven that those who come clean fare far better in public perception. Even Hardin himself warned Clemens how important it was for him to admit wrongdoing if he did indeed take steroids or human growth hormone.

"He's been told from the beginning if he did it he ought to do exactly what Andy Pettitte did," Hardin noted. "It doesn't take a rocket scientist to know that. And everybody assumes it is his arrogance and his ego that kept him from doing it."

Pettitte, like Clemens, was fingered in the Mitchell Report. Two days later, the Yankees left-hander, one of Clemens' best friends at the time, verified trainer Brian McNamee's claims that Pettitte used HGH. He held a press conference in which he took questions and said he used the performance-enhancing drugs to help heal an injury. Due to Pettitte's own admission and contention that Clemens had told him of the Rocket's own use of performance-enhancing drugs, the two no longer talk.

However, Pettitte has escaped rather unscathed by the whole saga, as his use of HGH will warrant but a footnote in his career biography, and he remains a fan favorite in New York. Clemens, meanwhile, is ostracized.

"He wasn't the greatest witness before Congress, I understand that," Hardin added. "But I got to tell you, we've sat on him probably for 100 of our hours over the last two-and-a-half years, always with the same thing: 'If you did it, the best thing to do is just admit it and move on and we'll deal with it.' He has never, ever wavered."

Clemens will get his day in court soon, and perhaps the lingering question of one of the best pitchers of all time's drug usage will finally be settled.

-- Evan Brunell

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: December 11, 2011 11:29 pm

Clemens refused plea agreement from government

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Since: Oct 7, 2007
Posted on: August 23, 2010 11:25 am

Clemens refused plea agreement from government

I am amazed by the attention to this story about Roger Clemens.  I mean, really, who cares?  There are 175 homes in the development where I live.  The values of these homes, all built between 2006 and 2008, have lost 40% or more of their value.  I am supposed to be concerned about whether or not Roger Clemens used PED's.  Come on, let's please focus on more pressing issues.  Unemployment is at an all time high, people are losing homes left and right, and Congress is focusing on a baseball player whom no one cares about?
Hey, Henry Waxman, why don't you go talk to your constituents and find out where the Roger Clemens story ranks in importance.  It is no wonder the people of the United States are fed up with politicians.

Since: Dec 21, 2006
Posted on: August 23, 2010 7:26 am

Clemens refused plea agreement from government

No evidence that he lied? Seriously?  You mean with the excpetion that he said under oath that he (Clemens) had never had conversations about PEDs or HGH...oh except for his wife using them.  I guess he never discussed that with his wife, she went out and did that all on her own.  There is also the whole matter of one of his best friends also testing positive and then stating that the Rocket had admitted to him that he used... connect the dots.  Clemens is delusiobnal and has bought into his own lies and stories.

This is not a trial about Clemens using the drugs, the issue is his statements to Congress which he volunteered to speak.  In case you have not paid attention Roger contradicts himself numerous times during that testimony.

Since: Sep 22, 2006
Posted on: August 23, 2010 6:17 am

Clemens refused plea agreement from government

Bailguy here are the conviction rates after indictment when the idictee (is that a word) goes to trial:

77145 finalized cases - 65168 guilty pleas = 11977 trials
68553 total guilty - 65168 guilty pleas = 3385 guilty by trial [either judge or jury trial]

3385 guilty at trial / 11977 trials = 28.26% conviction rate at trial

I am not sure where you dug up that rate. I have a friend who works for the US Att. Gen and he said that drug cases have a 90+ conviction rate,the feds collect info for years, but this is not a drug case.
There is a chance Clemens could be telling the truth regardless of what anyone says. I will continue to blame the US Givernement and their wasting of our money and their time with any matters involving professional sports.

Barry wil get off also.

Since: Oct 31, 2009
Posted on: August 23, 2010 5:45 am

Clemens refused plea agreement from government

Clemens has been singled out by the government because he was great. Same with Bonds. These guys are not the only ones who did it. As far as the Mitchell Report goes, what do you expect from a Boston Red Sox fan, of course he's going to stick Clemens into that report. So, to sum it all up, Clemens is getting the short end of the stick because he played for the Yankees and he was great. David Ortiz did the SAME exact thing as Clemens, he took steroids and denied it. Ortiz is still playing baseball and is beloved by the fans in Boston and Clemens life is ruined. Hopefully he'll get off and get to finish out his live in peace. This was a great baseball player for a long time, he gave his blood and guts to that sport and they tossed him under the bus. Its a shame.

Since: Sep 1, 2006
Posted on: August 23, 2010 2:24 am

Clemens refused plea agreement from government

Being mindful that Pettite says he got connected through Clemens, if Clemens wasn't taking the drugs why would he know?  Being mindfuls that Roger vs Macnamee and Pettite vs Macnamee are exactly the same, i.e. Macnamee accused both, why wouldn't Pettite just deny it?  This case is going to be a slam dunk.

And remember this: Roger is accused of lying under oath to Congress.  Not of using steroids.  He had immunity, so he couldn't be prosecuted.  But he has so much pride he couldn't just admit the truth.  I happen to believe Congress must prosecute anyone who lies under oath so as not to permit what has happened here.  Remember, Clemens wasn't called by Congress to testify, he volunteered.  And if it had come down to Macnamee's word vs Clemens work, Roger would have clearly won.  As it is, he had a chance to admit his guilt, but pride goeth before the fall.

Since: May 2, 2010
Posted on: August 23, 2010 1:00 am

Clemens refused plea agreement from government

When all these Ball Players were called to testify on CAPITOL HILL, all were UNDER OATH, ALL HAD LAWYERS, Any Lawyer worth a grain of salt would have told theirclients to plead the 5th ( Mark MacGwire ANYONE ??? ) Thaats what he did, remember, thats what he toldBob Costas in his confession last year, the 5 years statue of limitations ran out on MacGwire so thats why he was ableto come clean, Clemmons Lawyer told himto STFU too,he chooseto disregard it because he is the ROCKET... LOL, upon his conviction, Rocket no more, Ole Roger will be calling someone else ( Bubba ) Rocket....

The US Govt ( Federal Prosecutors ) have about a 92% Conviction rate.. Good Luck Mr Clemmons.....Gonna be an easy $3 Mill Legal bill...

Since: May 2, 2010
Posted on: August 23, 2010 12:49 am

Clemens refused plea agreement from government

To bad a PREPONDERANCE of EVEIDENCE is NOT THE STANDARD used in a CRIMINAL COURT, its PROFFBEYOND A REASONABLE DOUBT... Preponderance is used in a CIVIL TRIAL, sorry bud, leave the big terms tot the TV shows and us Real Lawyers.....

Since: Sep 25, 2006
Posted on: August 22, 2010 8:39 pm

Clemens refused plea agreement from government

Standard is not a "preponderance of the evidence"-silly rabbit.

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