Jury Selection Begins in Roger Clemens’ Retrial

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Brendan Smialowski/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — Jury selection begins Monday in Washington, D.C., for the retrial of former major league pitcher Roger Clemens.

Clemens, a seven-time Cy Young Award winner, is on trial for allegedly lying to Congress about his use of performance enhancing drugs, specifically steroids and human growth hormone (HGH).

The former pitcher was indicted in August 2010 on charges of obstruction of Congress, perjury and false statements.  He is accused of making the false statements to congressional investigators in a Feb. 5, 2008 deposition.  The perjury charges, meanwhile, arose from his Feb. 13, 2008, testimony before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee.

A mistrial was declared in the case last July after two days of testimony, when prosecutors included portions of Clemens’ February 2008 congressional testimony that referenced conversations former Yankee teammate Andy Pettitte had with his wife, Laura Pettitte, about the use of HGH.  The judge presiding over the trial had barred the prosecutors from referencing Pettitte’s wife before the jury.

During the retrial, prosecutors are expected to present physical evidence saved by Clemens’ former trainer, Brian McNamee.  The jury will be shown syringes and bandages — items McNamee claims he used to inject Clemens with performance enhancing drugs.

Clemens and his attorneys insist he did not lie under oath.

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