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Rusty Hardin: big rich and famous people just can’t catch a break in this country

Jul 13, 2011, 1:30 PM EDT

Roger Clemens

Opening statements began in the Roger Clemens trial this morning.

The government led with those syringes that Brian McNamee kept and will apparently hang their case on them. This is not terribly surprising, though it is not without risk. The lab analysis will say what the lab analysis says on those things — the prosecutors say it will show Clemens DNA + PEDs — but the fact is that McNamee basically kept them in a shoebox under his bed next to stale pizza crusts for a few years, so they will be subject to attack on chain-of-custody and integrity grounds. Add that to jurors’ increasing (and annoying) skepticism of forensic evidence that doesn’t meet “CSI: Whereverthehell” standards, and it could be a hard case for the prosecution to make.

Meanwhile, Clemens’ lawyer, Rusty Hardin, appears to have his own uphill climb in front of him:

Clemens attorney Rusty Hardin told the jury that the government is “horribly wrong” in charging his client with perjury, false statements and obstruction of Congress … “There was rush to judgment on Roger that has made it impossible for him to be fairly heard until he got here … It’s a fact of life that sometimes when people reach the mountain, there is an unwillingness to give them equal consideration when people come down on them,” Hardin said. “And that’s what happened with Roger.”

Can’t argue with that. Rich, powerful and famous people have been getting an unfair shake in this Republic since time immemorial.  It’s a tragedy, really.

  1. dailyrev - Jul 13, 2011 at 1:40 PM

    Oh Rupert — did you hear THAT? They let Maddow take over their friggin’ baseball blog! Oh, if only Glenn Chalkboard were still around, he’d have to learn how to spell Calcaterra…

    • jimbo1949 - Jul 13, 2011 at 2:50 PM

      He’d learn the same way you did: cut and paste.

  2. Mr. Jason "El Bravo" Heyward - Jul 13, 2011 at 1:51 PM

    I just checked and Clemens is somehow not yet on my 2011 douchenozzles list. You can relax, this oversight has since been remedied.

    • easports82 - Jul 13, 2011 at 2:02 PM

      Take it easy on Roger. Didn’t you read how tough rich people have it?

      • Old Gator - Jul 13, 2011 at 2:32 PM

        This is a job for Governor Scott Walker!

    • CJ - Jul 13, 2011 at 2:04 PM

      I think I lost track at some point, can you post the list up to this point now that we’re halfway through the year?

    • nategearhart - Jul 13, 2011 at 3:05 PM

      This reminded me….it’s been a while but, where’s the “chipwich” guy been?????

  3. proudlycanadian - Jul 13, 2011 at 2:43 PM

    I think that Rusty was actually thinking of himself. Rich and famous lawyers such as Rusty and John Edwards just get no respect these days.

  4. foreverchipper10 - Jul 13, 2011 at 2:51 PM

    Maybe I am way late on this (I probably am) but his lawyers name is Rusty Hardin? Over/under of 100 on how many times someone called him “Rusty Hardon.”

  5. florida727 - Jul 13, 2011 at 4:27 PM

    Something that gets tossed aside here is that Clemens is NOT being charged with using steroids, he’s being charged with “knowingly” lying about it. That’s tough to prove. The evidence working against him is that he claims McNamee onkly injected him with B-12 and lidocaine, yet the needles and cotton swabs have ZERO lidocaine or B-12 on them, yet possess steroids and Clemens’ DNA. Roger, can you explain that? Essentially, Clemens has to claim that he thought he was being injected with B-12 and/or lidocaine, while McNamee (on his own) CHOSE to inject him with steroids instead. That’s a stretch.

  6. kingbuccaneer - Jul 13, 2011 at 4:40 PM

    When will this political witch hunt for ONLY baseball players end???

    These fools DO know that there are 3 other major professional leagues in this country that ALSO use steriods/hgh….

  7. jesse1834 - Jul 13, 2011 at 5:13 PM

    This is such a waste of tax payers money.

    • bigdicktater - Jul 13, 2011 at 8:28 PM

      I disagree.
      When someone raises their right hand and swears on the Bible that they “will tell the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth” and evidence indicates they may not have upheld that oath, they must be prosecuted to deter other liars.
      Prosecutions like this could directly affect you or your family some day.

      • georgeanderson2 - Jul 13, 2011 at 11:54 PM

        The Bible is full of lies, so swearing on that is pot calling kettle black. It is a huge waste of tax dollars. The needles should not even be used, they are tainted, old and not preserved.

      • JBerardi - Jul 14, 2011 at 8:23 AM

        Well, thank God all those oil executives and Wall Street types that have testified before congress have never said anything of even slightly questionable veracity, or we might have to prosecute them as well!

        And can you imagine the carnage if a bunch of members of the previous administration had, say, lied to basically the entire country in order to lead us into a unnecessary, probably illegal and ultimately disastrous war? Why, there’d be hell to pay then! There’d be no stopping the righteous fury of Congress in that situation…

  8. jimeejohnson - Jul 13, 2011 at 9:20 PM

    You’re online name belies your logic.

    • asharak - Jul 13, 2011 at 9:33 PM

      1) Argumentum ad hominem.

      2) Your, not you’re.

  9. tuftsb - Jul 13, 2011 at 10:19 PM

    Yes, lies have consequences and should be punished. And look at the horrible punishment Rep. Charles Rangel received when he lied to Congress (perjury) on his financial forms repeatedly for years.

    And Hardin is odd but correct – prosecutors like to get a “name” conviction to make their career.

  10. couldntthinkofaname - Jul 14, 2011 at 12:42 AM

    “The Bible is full of lies, so swearing on that is pot calling kettle black.”

    I’m so grateful a brilliant theologian and philosopher like you is here! You missed the point to the post you were replying to, but that’s not exactly shocking.

    • georgeanderson2 - Jul 14, 2011 at 1:49 AM

      and you missed mine, scholar.

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