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Judge issues gag order (finally!) in Clemens case

Aug 23, 2010, 8:51 PM EDT

According to the Associated Press, the judge on the Roger Clemens perjury case has issued a gag order prohibiting “public comments by the principles in the case.”

It’s about time.

U.S. District Judge Reggie Walton is worried that lawyers (that means you Rusty Hardin) and potential witnesses (and you Brian McNamee) could affect the jury pool by spouting off to the media. After all, it would be a shame to spend all this time putting a trial together and then not be able to find any acceptable jurors, because there are some people out there who don’t know anything about Roger Clemens and his alleged steroid use, right?

“Further action in violation of this admonition will be confronted of the full authority of the Court,” Walton wrote in the order that covers “the parties, any potential witnesses, and counsel for those parties and witnesses.”

Clearly this judge, who presided over the “Scooter” Libby trial, means business.

So since we won’t be receiving anymore great quotes from Hardin, Clemens and the gang, here are a few of the most recent comments from key figures to keep you occupied until the trial starts:

Clemens: “We’re going to deal with it, guys, I don’t really know what else to say. We’re going to deal with it and have our day.”

Hardin: “The government made a recommendation [for a plea agreement] and we declined. I will tell you the recommendation they made was a very good one if he was guilty. And if he was guilty we would have jumped on it.”

Jose Canseco: “There’s got to be better ways to spend taxpayer money.”

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  1. Old Gator - Aug 23, 2010 at 9:18 PM

    Where is Judge Ito when we really need him? This means that sportswriters and bloggers, deprived of actual quotes and statements of intent or fact, will have to traffic in nothing but rumors and speculation until the trial begins. Are they going to be able to make such a difficult adjustment?

  2. Briscoeman - Aug 23, 2010 at 9:24 PM

    Principles v. Principals
    Hopefully, the AP has done its usual bangup job in reporting and misquoted the court. “Principles” is wholly erroneous in this context. Those refer to fundamental tenets, etc., not the primary players, which should be described as “principals”. Keep on AP…keep on’.

  3. Buccofan - Aug 23, 2010 at 9:32 PM

    You’re right, Briscoeman. “Principles” has no place in a story involving lawyers, Roger Clemens, or both.

  4. vidian6 - Aug 24, 2010 at 1:02 AM

    Mr. Harkins I didn’t see this need to keep it out of the public arena when it came to Barry Bonds the press dragged his name all through the mud and don’t have any real evidence that he took any steriods. Then there is the fact that Barry Bonds didn’t go before congress and lie about it. If he thought his name shouldn’t have been dragged through the mud then he shouldn’t have voluntarily went before congress and grandstanded about something for which there is plenty of evidence, that he is lying. I don’t see this much concern about a fair trail, for people charged with murder. In those cases people could lose their lives for something that they may, or maynot be guilty of. So if you want to concern yourself with the issue of a fair trail, at least make that effort with someone who really needs it not this clown.

  5. Jonny5 - Aug 24, 2010 at 8:29 AM

    How is it that the most intelligent quote came from Jose Canseco? “”There’s got to be better ways to spend taxpayer money.” Seriously though, it’s into the multimillion dollar range now. For perjury? This is probably going to amount to double what it cost to lock up Dartha Stewart. I was never a big fan of the gov’t be it local,state, or federal, going after the users because of who they are and their noteriety. Had this been joe shmoe from idaho, there would be no trial in the first place. Go after the dealers if anyone.

  6. BC - Aug 24, 2010 at 9:16 AM

    If it doesn’t fit you must aquit.
    Sorry. Couldn’t resist.

  7. YANKEES1996 - Aug 24, 2010 at 10:11 AM

    This is the best ruling that has come out of this entire debacle so far!

  8. Old Gator - Aug 24, 2010 at 10:41 AM

    That’s why I’m so worried about you honoring your no-attendance agreement.

  9. BC - Aug 24, 2010 at 10:42 AM

    Just drop the thing already. We’ll end up spending 7 digits worth of taxpayer money just to send the guy to a country-club prison for a year or so. Where’s the value in that? How many o’s are there in stooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooopid anyway?

  10. Old Gator - Aug 24, 2010 at 10:42 AM

    Oh no. Is Jose Canseco thinking of going into….politics? Dear Buddha, he’d be like Sarah Palin on estrogen.

  11. Jonny5 - Aug 24, 2010 at 11:00 AM

    LMAO!!! I’m afraid he’d be as confused as Al Gore in a bath house, Or GWB trying to understand “intelligence”.

  12. Jonny5 - Aug 24, 2010 at 11:01 AM


  13. YANKEES1996 - Aug 24, 2010 at 4:27 PM

    vidian6 : Are you absolutely kidding me have you seen the size of the mans head?, come on open your eyes and look at reality. He wasn’t using Steroids he was ABUSING Steroids ala Lyle Alzado style.

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