By Spencer S. Hsu
Washington Post staff writer
Monday, August 23, 2010; 5:31 PM
A federal judge Monday issued a gag order in the criminal perjury case against pitching legend Roger Clemens, warning him, his lawyers, the government and witnesses that they would confront "the full authority of the Court" if they make prejudicial comments about the matter in public.
U.S. District Judge Reggie B. Walton of the District of Columbia cited extensive media coverage since a federal grand jury handed up an indictment Thursday of Clements on six counts of obstructing Congress, making false statements and perjury regarding his use of steroids and performance-enhancing drugs.
"While it is hardly surpising (yet unfortunate) in the current litigation environment for the parties and their attorneys, as well as other interested individuals and their attorneys, to issue public comments to the media that, whether intentional or not, may affect the ability of the Court to empanel an impartial jury... the undersigned member of the Court will not tolerate such behavior from anyone over which the undersigned can exercise authority," Walton said.
"Further action in violation of this admonition will be confronted with the full authority of the court."
A date for Clemens arraignment is expected to be set in coming days.