Roger Clemens beat the lying to Congress rap and was acquitted on all charges today. The case appeared to turn on the total unreliability of the star witness, former trainer Brian McNamee.
WASHINGTON — Roger Clemens, whose hard throws intimidated even the toughest batters and turned him into one of the best pitchers in baseball history, was acquitted Monday of charges that he lied to Congress in 2008 when he insisted he never used steroids or human growth hormone during his remarkably lengthy career.
…Clemens had been charged with one count of obstructing Congress, three counts of making false statements and two counts of perjury in connection with his testimony to a House committee about his drug use. Under the obstruction count, the jury had to review 13 statements Clemens made to Congress to determine whether he was innocent or guilty of each one. To convict him on that count, the jury needed to find that he had lied only one of those 13 times. He was acquitted of all charges.
When the jurors emerged from their debate, they delivered news that came as a ravaging blow to prosecutors, who had spent more than four years and likely millions of dollars on their case against him.
Now the question turns to whether he will be elected to the hall of fame. This doesn’t bode well for the current charges being pursued against Lance Armstrong.