Gag order applied in Clemens's perjury case

(Mark Dadswell)
Tuesday, August 24, 2010

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 Clemens on six counts of obstructing Congress, making false statements and perjury regarding his use of steroids and performance-enhancing drugs.

"While it is hardly surprising [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's arraignment is expected to be set in coming days.

- Spencer S. Hsu

Less than two weeks after former major leaguer Jose Valentin, Jr., helped coach a team of 15- and 16-year-olds from Puerto Rico to the Pony Baseball Colt World Series title in Indiana, his father, Jose Sr., coached a team of 11 to 13-year-olds at the Little League World Series. But the elder Valentin didn't have as much luck after Manati, Puerto Rico lost to Nuevo Laredo, Mexico, 4-2.

In other games, Kaoshiung, Taiwan routed Vancouver, B.C., 23-0; and Ramstein Air Force Base, Germany beat Plymouth, Minn., 2-1.

Olivia Ekponé took third (in 23.75 seconds) in the 200-meter dash at the inaugural Youth Olympics in Singapore.

Nigeria's Florence Nwakwe was the winner in Sunday's race, clocking 23.46. Tynia Gaither of Bahamas won silver in 23.68.

Ekponé, a rising senior at Northwest High School and a two-time All-Met athlete of the year, won the second of three heats last Thursday and took the third fastest time into Sunday's final.

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