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Roger Clemens' perjury trial getting underway

Thursday, July 7, 2011 - 12:06pm

WASHINGTON, D.C. (FOX44) - Jury selection begins as major league pitcher Roger Clemens' perjury trial opens.

The forty eight year old is accused of lying under oath to the House Government Reform Committee in 2008.
He denied using performance-enhancing drugs during his record-setting career.
The trial began with an intensive jury selection process expected to last into next week.
Both sides may call a roster of former baseball stars to the stand including Mark Mcgwire, Barry Bonds, Sammy Sosa, Rafael Palmeiro and Jose Canseco.
Jurors were asked about their knowledge of those figures as well as their feelings about the case, baseball, congress and the law.
They were asked whether they played organized sports, read sports news or were baseball fans.

Also on the possible witness list were baseball commissioner Bud Selig, New York Yankees general manager Brian Cashman, former Yankees manager Joe Torre, former Players Union director Donald Fehr and several other officials and teammates from the four major league teams Clemens played for.
The judge angrily criticized the U.S. Congress for withholding an audiotape of Clemens' deposition at the heart of the case.


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