Clemens to face second perjury trial
Washington, DC – Prosecutors were given permission by a federal judge on Friday to again put Roger Clemens on trial for perjury.
U.S. District Court Judge Reggie Walton, who declared a mistrial in the initial case, has set a new date of April 17, 2012, according to the New York Daily News.
Walton declared a mistrial on July 14 because the prosecution presented evidence he had deemed inadmissible, specifically video footage of the 2008 Congressional hearings on PED usage in baseball.
The video reportedly showed Rep. Elijah Cummings reading an affidavit from the wife of Andy Pettitte, Clemens' former teammate and friend, which corroborated Pettitte's claims that Clemens had discussed the use of human growth hormone with him.
Clemens was initially charged with three counts of making false statements, two counts of perjury and one count of obstruction of Congress. He pleaded not guilty last August to charges he lied to Congress about his alleged use of performance enhancing drugs.
Jury selections will begin on April 17, unless Clemens opts to appeal Walton's decision.