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Posted at 03:33 PM ET, 07/12/2011

Clemens trial slated to open Wednesday

Del Quentin Wilber reports on the Crime Scene blog:

The federal judge overseeing the perjury trial of Roger Clemens called in more potential jurors Tuesday morning in his effort to select a final panel of 12 men and women to hear evidence in the case.
Through Monday evening, U.S. District Judge Reggie B. Walton had qualified 35 to be part of a pool of 36 prospective jurors from which the final 12-member panel would be drawn.
But prosecutors and defense lawyers agreed Tuesday afternoon that two of the 35 — one who had been caught sleeping during the selection process — should be struck.
U.S. District Judge B. Walton excused the drowsy one, but he reserved judgment on the other. He then said he would spend the afternoon selecting enough people to fill out the 36-person pool.
The selection process is expected to conclude Tuesday afternoon. Opening statements are scheduled for tomorrow.

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By Washington Post editors  |  03:33 PM ET, 07/12/2011

 
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