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.
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.
Yesterday, I took a trip across town to the U.S. District Courthouse here in Washington, DC to see the show. What show, you ask? Roger Clemens—“The Rocket,” as he’s known in baseball circles—is on trial for perjury. Yesterday was the opening act: jury selection and some evidentiary issues in the morning, supposedly followed by both opening arguments in the afternoon.
In former Senator John Edwards’ trial, opening statements have concluded and Edwards’ former staffer, Andrew Young, is currently on the stand, according to the Greensboro, North Carolina, News & Record. Assistant United States Attorney David Harbach emphasized Edwards’ deception and manipulation of those around him in order to preserve his chance to become President.