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Clemens found not guilty on all charges

By Dayn Perry | Baseball Writer

The Roger Clemens perjury trial has ended with not-guilty verdicts on all six charges.

Over a span of almost two months, jurors heard testimony from an array of witnesses in a trial that was expected to last half as long as it did. They were to determine Clemens' guilt or innocence on counts of perjury, making false statements and obstructing Congress for denying use of performance-enhancing drugs in his 2008 testimony.

Ultimately, the government's case likely depended too much on the testimony of Clemens' former trainer Brian McNamee, a man whose checkered past made him a highly dubious witness.

Roger Clemens

It was little surprise, then, when the jury of eight women and four men found the prosecution's case unpersuasive.

"I'm very thankful," Clemens said after the verdict. "It's been a hard five years."

"It's a day of celebration for us," Clemens' attorney Rusty Hardin said following the reading of the verdicts. "Justice won out."

Clemens maintained his innocence, sticking to his claim that he never used performance-enhancing drugs.

"I put a lot of hard work into that career," said Clemens as he spoke to reporters outside the E. Barrett Prettyman Federal Courthouse. "And so again I appreciate my teammates who came in and all the emails and phone calls. Thank y'all very much."

Clemens did not take questions. One juror, Joyce Robinson-Paul, spoke to the New York Daily News. She said in the end, the prosecutions key witness, Brian McNamee, was a "liar" and out for vengeance from Clemens.

"We knew we had to be fair to both parties, but we didn't see anything to be prosecuted," Robinson-Paul told the Daily News. "We just didn't."

Besides the utter pointlessness of these prosecutions, there's also the matter of Clemens' Hall of Fame case. Based on the numbers alone (354-184, 3.12 ERA, 4,672 strikeouts), Clemens is, of course, a no-doubt, inner-circle choice, but will this verdict somewhat reconstruct his image in the eyes of those who vote for the Hall? That question will be answered in January when the 2013 Hall of Fame class is announced. Clemens will be on the ballot for the first time, along with Barry Bonds, Mike Piazza and Sammy Sosa, among others.

And what if you had a vote? How would Monday's not-guilty verdict shape your opinion? Let us know ...

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