POLL: Was Roger Clemens Guilty?
The Justice Dept. could not prove its case of whether the former Yankee pitcher took perfomance-enhancing drugs.
Baseball great Roger Clemens was acquitted this week of perjury charges in a lengthy trial, after he was accused of taking performance-enhancing drugs.
Clemens, the most decorated pitcher in baseball history, could have gone to jail for up to 30 years for taking steroids while a major leaguer and for lying about it.
The jury considering the case against him, however, took only 11 hours to acquit him after the nine-week trial, in which he was facing six felony charges of perjury, obstruction of Congress and making false statements.
This is the second recent big loss for the U.S. Justice Dept., who was also unable to convict former Presidential candidate John Edwards. Last year, a jury convicted slugger Barry Bonds of one charge of obstruction of justice but failed to reach a verdict on whether Bonds lied to a jury. He was sentenced to house arrest and probation.
Some have criticized the decision to take Clemens to trial.
Is Roger Clemens guilty of using steroids as a baseball pitcher? Or is it just too hard to prove the illegal use of performance drugs among professional athletes?