Roger Clemens found not guilty on all counts in perjury trial
Former pitcher Roger Clemens, a seven-time Cy Young Award winner, was found not guilty Monday on all six counts stemming from his testimony in a probe into steroid use in baseball, according to reports.
Clemens, 49, faced six total charges: one count of obstruction of Congress, three counts of making a false statement and two counts of perjury. He plead not guilty.
The trial focused on Clemens’ testimony before Congress in 2008, when he denied using steroids or human growth hormone. The prosecution contended that he lied in this testimony.
Clemens faced a maximum sentence of 30 years in prison and a $1.5 million fine if convicted on all six counts. Under sentencing guidelines, however, he would likely have only received between 15 and 21 months in prison.
The trial featured 46 witnesses over 26 days of proceedings, including New York Yankees pitcher Andy Pettitte.
Clemens’ former trainer Brian McNamee was the key witness for the prosecution and spent more than a week on the stand. McNamee alleged that he had injected Clemens with steroids during 1998, 2000 and 2001. He also claimed to have injected the pitcher with HGH in 2000.
McNamee produced evidence that he said was the needle he used in a steroid injection in 2001. The waste was shown to have both Clemens’ DNA and steroids on it.
Clemens’ lawyers attacked McNamee’s credibility and showed ways in which his story had changed over time. Clemens’ wife, Debbie Clemens, also testified that she had McNamee inject her with HGH.
This was the government’s second attempt at convicting Clemens. A mistrial was declared last spring in Clemens’ first trial when the prosecution showed inadmissible evidence to the jury.