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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.

“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.

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.

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.

Go Tigers!

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Moving beyond courtroom into the wider arena of reportage drawing, here are a few sketches from Tuesday night’s Tigers/Rangers game at Comerica Park.¬†Tigers111011_Comerica

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