Jury selection to begin in perjury trial against ex-Yank Roger Clemens
Ex-Yankees pitching ace Roger Clemens will get a second chance to clear his name when his perjury trial begins Monday in federal court.
Clemens, 49, faces six felony counts stemming from testimony he gave to Congress in 2008, in which he denied using any steroids or human growth hormones. A federal grand jury indicted him in 2010 for allegedly lying in that testimony. The case ended in a mistrial last summer when jurors were shown a video containing information that had been ruled inadmissable by the judge.
Among the big names who could testify are Yankees pitcher Andy Pettitte, who said in an affidavit to Congress in 2008 that Clemens told him he'd used performance-enhancing drugs. Clemens claims Pettitte "misremembers" that conversation.
Another prominent name in the steroids scandal is Brian McNamee, a former Yanks assistant strength coach, who also testified to Congress that he allegedly injected Clemens with steroids in 1998, 2000 and 2001.
Clemens' trial could last four to six weeks, and he faces up to 21 months in prison if convicted. Monday opens with jury selection.
The U.S. Attorney's office couldn't be reached for comment Sunday. Prosecutors are in need of a victory after another baseball star, Barry Bonds, was found guilty last year of only one count related to lying about steroid use. He is appealing that verdict.