Federal prosecutors and defense lawyers Monday picked a jury of 10 women and 6 men to decide the fate of baseball star Roger Clemens, who is on trial this week on charges that he lied to Congress when he denied using performance-enhancing drugs.
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After five days of jury selection, the panel of 12 jurors and 4 alternates includes a broad cross section of Washington residents, including a retired political science professor, a teacher of deaf children, a Treasury Department official, a Metro security officer and at least one lawyer.
Clemens is on trial in federal court in the District for a second time, after the first case ended in a mistrial because of an error by prosecutors. The all-star pitcher is charged with perjury and obstruction of Congress, and faces up to 30 years in prison if convicted on all charges.
Before selecting a jury, lawyers spent the morning debating the scope of the trial. Clemens’s defense team said it would seek to show that the 2008 Congressional hearing was “basically a show trial of Roger Clemens.”
Prosecutors said they would rely on the testimony of a Congressional staffer to show that Clemens’s statements were critical to hearings on steroids in major league baseball and how the banned substances were “affecting children.”
Government lawyers also said the testimony of another former pitcher, Andy Pettitte, would be critical to their case and argued that they should be able to tell jurors that the trainer he shared with Clemens, Brian McNamee, had injected Pettitte with steroids.
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