And just like that, the Roger Clemens trial is over.
Judge Reggie Walton called for a mistrial after stopping the trial during prosecutor's playing of Clemens' 2008 testimony before Congress.
The judge scolded prosecutors for twice violating his orders not to reveal certain evidence to the jury. During the video of Clemens' testimony, it was mentioned that Andy Pettitte's wife remembered the former Yankees left-hander telling her about Clemens' steroid use, something Walton had already barred from evidence.
"I don't see how I un-ring the bell," he said according to the Associated Press when prosecutors suggested telling the jury to disregard the comments about Pettitte's wife.
"The government counsel doesn’t just do what it can get away with," Walton said according to the Houston Chronicle, saying a first year law student would know that you can’t bolster a witnesses' credibility with inadmissible evidence.
Walton was adamant that no testimony about Pettitte's wife enter the trial because he feels that Pettitte's testimony will be crucial to the outcome of the trial. As he tells Yahoo! Sports, if Clemens was convicted that likely would have meant jail time, so it's important that the trial go according to his rulings.
The judge added that there will be hearings to determine if trying Clemens again would amount to double jeopardy, with a new trial not starting until Sept. 2.
In light of Barry Bonds' acquittal of perjury charges against him, this is yet another black eye for the prosecution who has bungled these investigations from the start.For more baseball news, rumors and analysis, follow @cbssportsmlb on Twitter or subscribe to the RSS feed.