Ever wonder if the Federal Government is using your money wisely in all its endeavors? Well, if you answered yes to that, then the following should not fill you with good cheer considering where your tax dollars are being spent; the US government is once again going to commit their resources into getting former MLB pitcher Roger Clemens caught in a potential lie.
That's right, after a marginal victory over Barry Bonds, who received a sentence of 30 days confinement at his estate in Beverly Hills after being found guilty last year on just one of four counts; obstruction of justice, for giving an evasive answer to a grand jury when asked about drug use, and a mistrial in the first Roger Clemens case, the Justice Department is going full swing in another attempt to convict Clemens. This time, however, they are investing even more cash into the process by adding additional prosecutors to the case.
For those not familiar with the first Clemens trial, the government was trying to convict Clemens of lying to Congress when he said he never used performance-enhancing drugs. They had a pretty strong case, in fact, with their strongest witness being Clemens' former strength trainer, Brian McNamee, who says he injected Clemens with steroids and human growth hormone and even kept the used needles that will be entered as scientific evidence at trial.
The prosecution also has Andy Pettitte, a former Clemens teammate who recently came out of retirement to mount a comeback attempt with the New York Yankees. Pettitte says that Clemens, in a private conversation in 1999 or 2000, acknowledged using HGH. Clemens has refuted the content of the conversation, saying Pettitte "misremembers" their conversation.
Unfortunately, human error reared it's ugly head as prosecutors showed jurors evidence that had been ruled inadmissible. That mistake led U.S. District Judge Reggie Walton declared a mistrial on only the second day of testimony.
With Jury selection beginning Monday, the Justice Department is looking to score a major victory after looking foolish in both the Bonds case and the first Clemens fiasco. The trial will again be judged by U.S. District Judge Reggie Walton and is expected to last four to six weeks.
If convicted, Clemens will face a maximum sentence of up to 30 years in prison and a $1.5 million fine. Maximum penalties are unlikely because Clemens doesn't have a criminal record, but Walton made plain at the first trial that Clemens was at risk of going to jail. Under U.S. sentencing guidelines, Clemens probably would face up to 15 months to 21 months in prison.
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