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UPDATE: Baseball's Roger Clemens acquitted of all charges

Published: Mon, June 18, 2012 @ 5:48 p.m.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Former baseball star Roger Clemens was acquitted today on all charges that he obstructed and lied to Congress when he denied using performance-enhancing drugs as a fast-balling pitcher.

The trial was lengthy, the deliberations relatively brief. Jurors returned their verdict after close to 10 hours over several days. The outcome ended a 10-week trial that capped an expensive, five-year investigation into one of the greatest pitchers in the history of baseball.

Shortly after the verdict was read, Clemens and his family engaged in hugs in the courtroom including one large group hug. At one point, wife Debbie Clemens dabbed Roger Clemens' eyes with a tissue.

Clemens, 49, was charged with two counts of perjury, three counts of making false statements and one count of obstructing Congress when he testified at a deposition and at a nationally televised hearing in February 2008. The charges centered on his repeated denials that he used steroids and human growth hormone during a 24-year career that produced 354 wins and a record seven Cy Young Awards.


1meagain(85 comments)posted 4 years ago

Great use of time and money investigating that. What a waste!

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2AtownAugie(882 comments)posted 4 years ago

And the Holder Justice Department comes up empty again.

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3LtMacGowan(713 comments)posted 4 years ago

a friend of mine's mother was a sportswriter and years ago when he was 8 they stayed in a hotel that Roger Clemons was staying at. They briefed everyone that you do NOT look at Mr Clemons. You do NOT talk to Mr Clemons, so on so forth. Well my friend being a small boy had the audacity to ask Mr Clemons for an autograph. Clemons made such a stink and DEMANDED that the hotel immediately throw him and his mother out(which they did). This is the kind of person he is.

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4walter_sobchak(2672 comments)posted 4 years ago

A juiced pitcher that has 354 wins throwing to a bunch of juiced batters. No matter how you cut it, he is one of the all-time great pitchers in MLB history and belongs in Cooperstown. He is merely a player of his era.

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