After resuming deliberation in former pitching star Roger Clemens‘ perjury trial, jurors found Clemens not guilty of having lied to Congress in 2008 when denying he had used steroids or human growth hormone.
As the New York Times reports, the verdict was “rendered by a panel of eight women and four men who are largely uninterested in baseball.”
Clemens’s initial trial last year ended in a mistrial after prosecutors showed the jury inadmissible evidence.
Clemens’ lawyer, Rusty Hardin, said the case happened as a result of Congress having overstepped its bounds: “What happened in this case is a horrible, horrible overreach of the government and everyone involved.”
As NPR reported, the prosecution “contended that Clemens — considered one of the best pitchers professional baseball has ever seen — needed the drugs to keep up with the game as he aged.” The defense, meanwhile, focused on poking holes in testimony given by the prosecution’s star witness, trainer Brian McNamee, who claimed to have witnessed Clemens’ using performance-enhancing drugs.
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