Roger Clemens Trail: Jury Finds Legendary Pitcher Not Guilty of Perjury

Richard LangfordCorrespondent IJune 18, 2012

WASHINGTON, DC - JUNE 18:  Former all-star baseball pitcher Roger Clemens becomes emotional while talking to the news media after he was found not guilty on 13 counts of perjury and obstruction outside the Prettyman U.S. Court House June 18, 2012 in Washington, DC. The former Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees pitcher's original trial in 2011 was declared a mistrial after the judge said the prosecution presented inadmissible testimony that prejudiced the jury. A seven-time Cy Young Award winner, Clemens is on trial for making false statements, perjury and obstructing Congress when he testified about steroid use during a February 2008 inquiry by the House Oversight and Government Affairs.  (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
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On Monday afternoon, legendary MLB pitcher Roger Clemens was found not guilty of all six federal charges he faced in a perjury trial. Jurors had been deliberating on this decision since Tuesday. 

The charges stemmed from alleged lies Clemens told congress under oath regarding the use of performance-enhancing drugs. 

ESPN's T.J. Quinn passed along the verdict.


— T.J. Quinn (@TJQuinnESPN) June 18, 2012

To find Clemens guilty of these obstruction charges, jurors would have had to unanimously concur that at least one of his 13 statements in question for this trial was false or misleading. Obviously, this did not happen. 

This has been a lengthy process. It all began with a congressional hearing in 2008 where Clemens denied taking illegal performance enhancers. His testimony was contradicted by the testimony of others, most notably his former trainer Brian McNamee and former teammate Andy Pettitte. 

This led to a federal grand jury probe into possible perjury on the part of Clemens, which eventually led to two separate trials—the first one declared a mistrial after just two days of testimony. 

The second trial took significantly longer, with 40 witnesses being heard from in total. Given all of that testimony, it is not shocking that two jurors were dismissed for falling asleep during the proceedings.

While it is understandable that congress would do all it could to reinforce the severity of perjury, the incredible devotion to find out if Clemens was cheating has ultimately proven to be a waste of resources. 

However, with the conclusion of this trial, we are one step closer to closing the book on an incredibly tainted era in professional baseball.