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McNamee Starting To Sweat

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After five days on the witness stand Brian McNamee was looking pretty bad, at one point loosening his tie and pulling his collar away from his neck. The picture of defeat.

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McNamee will return to face more questioning on Monday, but now the judge has imposed a time limit on witnesses so it should be his last day on the stand.

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AP story here.

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Cross-Examination Of McNamee Continues

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Roger Clemens lawyer, Rusty Hardin, hammered and chipped away at Brian McNamee on the fourth day of his testimony, nineteen hours so far. His exhaustive scattershot examination does seem to be working. McNamee has admitted to minimizing the truth and outright lying to investigators.

Below are a couple more sketches from today’s testimony.

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Hardin put up a photo of Roger and Debbie Clemens that appeared in the 2003 Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue.

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On the screen is the cover of McNamee’s unpublished book, “Death, Taxes and Mac”

AP story here.

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Second Day of McNamee Testimony

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Yesterday I was at the ready, pencil in hand, to catch that dramatic moment when Brian McNamee would point out the defendant, Roger Clemens, to the jury, but it never happened. Today, though, just as I was telling my colleague, fellow sketch artist Bill Hennessy, that we weren’t going to get the money shot…it happened.

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We also got to see a photo of the Yankee Stadium jacuzzi. One of many locations were McNamee said he injected Clemens with HGH.

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Finally, with only a half hour left in the day, the defense began its cross-examination. Rusty Hardin questioned McNamee about a tie he wore when he testified before the grand jury. The tie had an advertisement on it promoting a friend’s business.

Not sure what the point was except McNamee had the bad taste to take advantage of a media event.

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McNamee of course said he chose that particular tie because his other tie was wrinkled.

AP story here.

 

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The “Booty Shot”

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Roger Clemens’ chief accuser, trainer Brian McNamee, took the stand today and described the time he began injecting Clemens with anabolic steroids in 1998. Clemens120514_McNamee_1

He said Clemens first approached him with a bottle of pills and some glass ampoules. “I told him they were no good, that they were toxic. I said get rid of them”. Clemens120514_McNamee_2

A few days later, according to McNamee, Clemens had him come to his hotel suite. “When I got there Roger had the needle, gauze, and alcohol all set up in his bathroom on a towel”.

“He asked me if I could help him with a booty shot”, said McNamee.

AP story here.

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Not A Good Week For Clemens Prosecutors

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Roger Clemens’ friend and former teammate, Andy Pettitte took the stand Tuesday and as expected told the jury about a conversation during which Clemens admitted to using Human Growth Hormone.

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During cross-examination defense attorney Michael Attanasio got Pettitte to agree that the discussion about HGH was “passing” and “casual”, and that it was possible that he may have – as Clemens once put it – “misremembered.”

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On Wednesday it got worse. Attanasio asked Pettitte if it would be fair to say there was a 50-50 chance he had misunderstood Clemens. Pettitte replied, “I’d say that’s fair.”

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When the defense asked Judge Walton to strike Andy Pettitte’s testimony about the HGH conversation because it is “insufficiently definitive” the judge took the opportunity to chide prosecutor Steven Durham.

“His testimony now before the jury is, ‘I don’t know,’ ” Walton told Durham. “I thought that what we would hear is, ‘Mr. Pettitte, currently, what is your memory of what Mr. Clemens told you back in 1999?’ ”

“I was waiting for you to ask, and you didn’t ask that.”

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The week ended with testimony by FDA agent Jeff Novitsky who established where trainer Brian McNamee got the HGH that he claims he injected Clemens with, and identified syringes, needles and cotton balls bearing Roger Clemens’ DNA given to him by McNamee. Novitsky was a very credible witness, and seemed to connect with jurors looking straight at them as he spoke.

Next week McNamee testifies.

NY Post’s Ken Davidoff’s story here.

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“I’m not acting like Columbo, I am Columbo….

….You see my stumbling around…..that’s not an act.” Rusty Hardin told jurors as he wrapped up an opening statement. The folksy Texan appealled to the jurors sense of outrage that the government would prosecute Roger Clemens simply because he insisted on his innocence. Clemens120424wide
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Read about it here.

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Clemens Trial Begins

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Near the end of a day taken up mainly by lawyers bickering over details the jury in the Roger Clemens trial finally got to hear an opening statement by the government. The defense’s opening, should they decide to give one at this stage – and everyone expects they will, won’t happen until tomorrow.

AP story here.

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Clemens Perjury Trial II

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Roger Clemens stands before the pool of prospective jurors on the first day of his retrial on charges of lying to Congress about his use of performance enhancing drugs. His lawyer, Rusty Hardin is seated in the foreground.

Read the Tweets here.

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Last Week’s News Today

Better late than never, here are some sketches from last Friday’s hearing where Judge Walton found that the double jeopardy bar is so high that despite his misgivings the government should be allowed to retry Roger Clemens. Clemens110902_Anttanasio

Defense attorney Michael Anttanasio, pictured above gesturing toward the government, said prosecutors had a “win-at-all costs mentality”  when they precipitated a mistrial earlier this summer. Clemens110902_Goodhand

Judge Reggie Walton questioned one of the government lawyers about picking up the tab for their mistake.  “Obviously it cost Mr. Clemens a lot of money, Walton said. “Should the United States have to cough up the money for that?”

 

WaPo story here.

 

 

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Swing and a Mistrial


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Just as the Roger Clemens trial was settling into its first full day of testimony the judge called a foul….and Clemens walked.Clemens110714_Judge

As prosecutor Steve Durham stood at the podium Judge Reggie Walton said, “Government counsel can’t do what it thinks it can get away with. Any first year law student should know that.” Clemens110714_Durham

NYT has the story here.

And below are a few additional quick sketches I did in the courtroom today.

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