The Federal criminal story of the week is the acquittal of former New York Yankees pitcher Roger Clemens in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia on two counts of perjury, three counts of making false statements and one count of obstructing Congress. The charges against Clemens arose from his testimony before Congress in 2008. The first trial of Clemens ended in a mistrial in July of last year.
The Roger Clemens trial took another twist this week as Clemens’ primary accuser, Brian McNamee, saw his soon-to-be ex-wife take the stand to testify for the defense. As we’ve discussed many times before, McNamee serves as the government’s chief witness against Clemens’ steroid and HGH use. McNamee earlier testified that he saw and on occasion helped Clemens inject himself with performance enhancing drugs.
Roger Clemens’ defense team began its case on Wednesday as former catcher Charlie O’Brien took the stand. O’Brien was less than clear about some points up for discussion but provided compelling testimony that Clemens was not a cheater and the secret to his career longevity was not drugs, but the split-finger fastball.
Interesting stuff from the Roger Clemens perjury trial in Washington. For the non-sports fans, Clemens was the greatest baseball pitcher of his generation. He pitched for the Red Sox, Blue Jays, Yankees and Astros. But he (allegedly) took performance enhancing drugs and lied to Congress about it. Federal perjury charges followed.
After some time away, and coming at you after the long holiday weekend, we have the third installment of LXBN This Week, where LXBN editors Colin O’Keefe and Jared Sulzdorf run down the most talked about and most interesting stories on the LexBlog Network over the past week. In this week’s episode, they discuss the many different angles on Facebook’s big initial public offering, the big Oracle/Google battle over Android, POM Wonderful v. Coca-Cola and the second go-around in the Roger Clemens perjury trial.