Roger Clemens Must Face New Perjury Trial

Previous one ended in a mistrial
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Sep 2, 2011 3:24 PM CDT
Roger Clemens Must Face New Perjury Trial
Roger Clemens arrives at federal court in Washington Friday.   (Jose Luis Magana)

A federal judge today rejected ex-baseball star Roger Clemens' request to throw out perjury charges against him and said he must face another trial. US District Judge Reggie Walton set the date for April 17. The first trial ended in a mistrial on only the second day when prosecutors showed barred evidence. Clemens' attorneys argued that the offense was so bad that Clemens should not face a second trial, but the judge disagreed.

“While I am very troubled by what occurred and it was something that should not have taken place, I just think that the current state of the law would not justify me concluding on the record we have in this case that the double jeopardy clause bars re-prosecution," said Walton. Clemens is accused of lying to Congress about doping. (More Roger Clemens stories.)

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