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Mistrial declared in Clemens case

Posted on: July 14, 2011 12:11 pm
Edited on: July 14, 2011 12:33 pm
 
By Evan Brunell

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.

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hotmeuly
Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: December 21, 2011 9:00 pm
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Since: Sep 11, 2006
Posted on: July 14, 2011 8:31 pm
 

Eastern bloc

If we should blame anyone for this mess, blame the Eastern bloc countries for introducing us to them...
Remember that great National Lampoon cover?

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Since: Sep 11, 2006
Posted on: July 14, 2011 1:28 pm
 

The prosecution punts on 1st down?

The prosecution probably decided that they didn't have a case or were given to reconsider prosecution so they deliberately disregarded the judge's order. 




Since: May 18, 2011
Posted on: July 14, 2011 1:26 pm
 

Mistrial declared in Clemens case

Time to put the steroid era to bed.  Nobody gave a damn when Lyle Alzado died from using human HGH, now we have a huge pity party for the poor baseball guys.  Steroids actually have been around alot longer than peop0le think in sports.  Mike Webster was using them in the 70's playing for Pittsburgh.  If wew should blame anyone for this mess, blame the Eastern bloc countries for introducing us to them...



Since: Oct 16, 2007
Posted on: July 14, 2011 12:57 pm
 

Mistrial declared in Clemens case

He's already guilty in the "court of public opinion" and will never see the hall of fame without an admission ticket, and other than probably a "butt banging" in the big house,that probably means more to Roger than anything...



Since: Sep 7, 2006
Posted on: July 14, 2011 12:55 pm
 

Mistrial declared in Clemens case

WELL SAID !!!!!!!



Since: Jul 24, 2009
Posted on: July 14, 2011 12:43 pm
 

Mistrial declared in Clemens case

If he took steriods, that definitely sucks and he should get punished in some way by MLB.
But does Roger Clemens really need to go to jail? Seems a bit much.
It won't stop people from using steriods, it will just stop people from lying about it when they finally get caught.

I'm sure today's fiscal climate, we can find better uses for the millions of dollars that it will cost to put him on trial, handle the inevitable appeals, and potentially house him in prison for decades...



Since: Mar 15, 2007
Posted on: July 14, 2011 12:32 pm
 

Mistrial declared in Clemens case

Good for Judge Walton.  These lawyers in these high profile cases are so arrogant they think they can do whatever they please.  It's about time a judge actually sanctioned one of them. 


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