Baseball Great Roger Clemens Not Guilty Of Perjury And Related Charges
Embattled baseball star Roger Clemens has won a major court victory after he was charged with perjury and accused of lying in court in 2008 when he testified that he never took performance-enhancing drugs.
Clemens was found not guilty of perjury and related charges in Washington, D.C. on Monday.
The members of the jury in the case, which began in April, deliberated for almost 11 hours and considered the testimony of over 40 witnesses.
As well as perjury, the sports legend was charged with making false statements and the obstruction of Congress; he faced 20 months behind bars if convicted of every charge.
The case hinged on Clemens' insistence a former conditioning coach lied when he claimed he had injected the baseball great with steroids.
Clemens testified in a sworn deposition and at a televised hearing before the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform in February 2008 that he never took steroids.
U.S. District Court Judge Reggie Walton declared a mistrial in the original Clemens perjury case last summer when prosecutors introduced evidence that the judge had already ruled inadmissible.