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There was some McNamee v. Clemens action today

Sep 8, 2010, 1:33 PM EDT

Lawyers for Brian McNamee and Roger Clemens did battle in New York this morning, arguing the motion Clemens filed to have Brian McNamee’s civil suit against him dismissed. The gist of the legal argument was whether saying someone else is a liar can be defamatory. Given that each of them have been calling the other one a liar for the past two and a half years, you’d think they’d know that by now, but that’s just not how the legal system works, sadly.

My favorite part is that Clemens is arguing that a New York court doesn’t have jurisdiction over him despite the fact that the Yankees still pay him deferred compensation and that the business relationship between Clemens and McNamee which gave rise to all of this was largely a New York affair. Again, I realize that isn’t everything when it comes to jurisdiction, but I’d bet a zillion dollars that Clemens would have run to a New York court when he filed his defamation suit if he thought doing so would have provided him a tactical advantage.

I realize that this is a lot of nothing, but you have to allow me this. With everyone having a gag order on them during the criminal trial, I won’t get to have any Roger Clemens fun for months.

  1. Proudly Canadian - Sep 8, 2010 at 2:36 PM

    Clemens makes me want to gag!

  2. Dan in Katonah - Sep 8, 2010 at 3:45 PM

    Not to get too lawerly, but I can see him trying to change venue out of NY, but lack of jurisdiction?
    Side note: best combination of lawyer/judge names?
    Rusty Hardin and Sterling Johnson.
    They sound like some euphemistic terms for illicit sex acts that would get you arrested in 49 states and Guam.

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