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In which I offer free advice to the Clemens Prosecutors

Feb 2, 2011, 8:51 AM EDT

Rusty Hardin

Roger Clemens will be in court for a hearing today regarding that potential conflict of interest issue with his lawyer, Rustin Hardin, that we talked about last week (and three years ago).  Short version: Hardin represented Pettitte for a millisecond and Pettitte is now going to testify against Clemens.  This gave me a larf:

Prosecutors have proposed that [Judge] Walton require Michael Attanasio, another Clemens lawyer who is not from Hardin’s firm, handle any cross-examination of Pettitte during the trial scheduled for July.

Psst! Prosecutors!  Every single thing Rusty Hardin has done during the course of his representation of Clemens has failed. He has either given bad advice or acquiesced to Clemens’ own bad decisions every single time a decision has had to be made. Every. Single. Time.  It’s uncanny! Clemens would be in less trouble legally, personally and professionally right now if he had been represented by a Magic Eight Ball.  And you want to limit Hardin’s role in the case?  Really?

Dudes: let it ride. If some other lawyer cross-examines Pettitte he might actually harm your case a tad.  Let Hardin run wild and the jury might just convict Clemmens of the Lindbergh kidnapping. Trust me.

  1. yankeesfanlen - Feb 2, 2011 at 8:59 AM

    Pitchers and catchers please report NOW! Craig has been reduced to watching “Pawn Stars”.

  2. proudlycanadian - Feb 2, 2011 at 9:54 AM

    Rusty Hardin may have done a poor job for Clemens, but he has done a boffo job for his own bank account.

  3. ditto65 - Feb 2, 2011 at 10:02 AM

    Your title reminds me of something you would find on a 17th century work. Such as: Regarding the Cultivation of Barley for purposes of Fermentation. Or something like that.

  4. Jonny 5 - Feb 2, 2011 at 10:02 AM

    I really wish they would have dropped this whole mess long ago. The millions of dollars spent by our wonderful gov’t trying to prosecute a drug user beyond the furthest extent of the law. I say beyond, only because if this were not a famous sports figure, the case would have been dropped long ago over lack of evidence. This is getting ridiculous folks. Don’t we have people selling heroin to chase?

    • paperlions - Feb 2, 2011 at 10:35 AM

      Compared to the things our government usually wastes money on, things like this trial probably aren’t that bad….at least the money is spent domestically and paying salaries.

      • Jonny 5 - Feb 2, 2011 at 10:43 AM

        It’s bad enough. And at this point, where they’re so obviously not accomplishing anything, they need to just give up. They look more silly than Sammy Sosa when he turned white for awhile.

      • BC - Feb 2, 2011 at 3:26 PM

        Jonny5 – agree. This is just getting stupid at this point. Stop wasting our money on Bonds, Clemens and the like and spend it on something that actually makes a difference in someone’s life.

    • missthemexpos - Feb 2, 2011 at 11:52 AM

      I haven’t seen Sammy for awhile. Is he no longer white?

      • Jonny 5 - Feb 2, 2011 at 3:59 PM

        I hear he’s Back in Black. He said he’s going to hit the sack, he’s been gone so long he’s glad to be back…..

  5. BC - Feb 2, 2011 at 10:52 AM

    Why Clemens hasn’t fired Hardin is beyond me. My theory is that Clemens is dumb as a brick…?

    • Jonny 5 - Feb 2, 2011 at 4:31 PM

      BC, you’ve just angered any bricks that may be reading this thread. Beware tall buildings made of brick.

  6. Roger Moore - Feb 2, 2011 at 10:54 AM

    I assume this is a display of confidence on the part of prosecutors. They’re confident enough to be more worried about the case needing to be retried because of some procedural error than losing on the merits. I’m not sure if that confidence is justified- unlike you, IANAL- but it seems like a reasonable idea if they’re really confident.

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