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Roger Clemens trial: Jurors take break from deliberations

Jurors deciding the fate of baseball legend Roger Clemens are taking the rest of the week off from their deliberations because of scheduling conflicts.

The jury of 12 Washingtonians returns to the District’s federal courthouse Monday to try to determine whether the star pitcher lied to Congress in 2008 when he denied ever having taken performance-enhancing drugs.

The star pitcher’s two-month perjury trial came to a dramatic close Tuesday with prosecutors and defense attorneys making impassioned pleas to jurors for fairness and common sense.

Clemens is charged with six counts of perjury, making false statements and obstructing Congress, and faces the possibility of prison time.

Before deliberating for three and a half hours Wednesday, jurors asked for an exhibit list. To find Clemens guilty of the obstruction charge, for instance, jurors must unanimously agree that Clemens lied about at least one of 13 statements he made to Congressional investigators and to lawmakers during a nationally televised hearing.

Read more: Clemens trial coverage

Ann covers legal affairs in the District and Maryland for the Washington Post. Ann previously covered state government and politics in California, New Hampshire and Maryland. She joined the Post in 2005.

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