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Posted at 12:22 PM ET, 07/14/2011

Clemens case: mistrial declared

Del Quentin Wilber reports on the Crime Scene blog:

The judge overseeing the perjury trial of famed former pitcher Roger Clemens declared a mistrial Thursday after prosecutors played a portion of a video that the jude deemed prejudicial.
U.S. District Judge Reggie B. Walton said prosecutors erred in playing video of Congressional testimony referencing statements made by the wife of a “critical” witness in the case.
“I am very troubled by this,” said U.S. District Judge Reggie B. Walton said before declaring a mistrial.
The declaration came on just the second day of testimony and after it took a week to pick a jury.
The request for a mistrial came from Clemens’ lawyers after prosecutors mistakenly played a portion of Congressional testimony that referenced the wife of former pitcher Andy Pettitte, a friend and former teammate of Clemens.

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By Washington Post editors  |  12:22 PM ET, 07/14/2011

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