"Roger Clemens must face baseball’s jury next; After acquittal, pitcher’s place in history remains in question" by Bob Hohler | Globe staff, June 19, 2012
For 10 weeks, Roger Clemens sat before a federal jury, his freedom and reputation at stake, and never spoke a word in his defense. As it turned out, he didn’t need to.
The jury Monday acquitted the former Red Sox star of every charge in a celebrated perjury case against him. He faced six counts of lying to Congress in 2008 when he testified he had never used performance-enhancing drugs.
The verdict was seen as a rebuke of the government’s prosecution of one of baseball’s greatest pitchers....
A power pitcher who seemed to defy nature by competing as an elite major leaguer until he was 44, Clemens next faces the prospect of Hall of Fame voters deciding whether he is worthy of induction in Cooperstown....
Clemens, 49, spent a fortune in winning the acquittal, as the government did in prosecuting the case.
I didn't want my tax money wasted on this.
Government lawyers, whose botched attempt to convict Clemens last year ended in a mistrial, appeared doomed nearly from the start of the second trial as numerous contradictions created gaps in their case.
The jury of eight women and four men deliberated only 10 hours after the lengthy proceedings before clearing Clemens of three counts of making a false statement under oath, two counts of perjury, and one count of obstruction of justice.
Prosecutors were widely criticized for spending too much time and money targeting Clemens. They declined to comment as they left the court, their office later issuing a prepared statement thanking the jury for its service.
“We respect the judicial process and the jury’s verdict,’’ the statement said. “The US Attorney’s office also wishes to thank the investigators and prosecutors, who pursued this case with tremendous dedication and professionalism after its referral to us from Congress.’’
While the verdict legally vindicates Clemens, his place in baseball history remains in question....
Clemens will be eligible for the Hall of Fame next year....
Oh, you gotta vote him in now!
Related: Look Who Got Caught Lying to Congress
The umpires said no.
You know what I like about baseball cards, folks?
You get to check the stats on the back.
Also see: Edwards Trial Ended in Acquittal
So what is the next pos case that is going to be served up by this government and its mouthpiece media?