Clemens Faces Nearly 2 Years in Jail

If convicted on perjury charges
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 19, 2010 2:57 PM CDT
Clemens Faces Nearly 2 Years in Jail
A 2008 file photo of Roger Clemens.   (AP Photo/David J. Phillip, File)

Now that he's been indicted on charges that he lied to Congress about doping, Roger Clemens faces the very real possibility of prison time. If convicted, sentencing guidelines suggest somewhere between 15 and 21 months, reports the New York Times. He faces 6 counts related to his 2008 testimony—one fewer than the number of his Cy Young rings—including obstruction of Congress, making false statements, and perjury.

“Americans have a right to expect that witnesses who testify under oath before Congress will tell the truth,” said a US attorney. "Our government cannot function if witnesses are not held accountable for false statements made before Congress. Today the message is clear: if a witness makes a choice to ignore his or her obligation to testify honestly, there will be consequences.” (More Roger Clemens stories.)

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