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Roger Clemens trying to get his legal expenses paid for by the feds

Nov 9, 2011, 9:04 AM EDT

Roger Clemens leaves the federal courthouse with attorney Rusty Hardin in Washington

Roger Clemens is still going to go on trial for perjury eventually, and he could be in big trouble and maybe do time and all of that.

But if you have to be a criminal defendant. there are positions to be in that are way worse than watching the prosecutors have to explain to the judge why their massive screwups should not result in the government having to pay your legal fees:

The prosecutors said in a motion filed Tuesday that they regret mistakenly showing jurors inadmissible evidence and causing a mistrial this summer in their case. The government has alleged that Clemens lied about using performance-enhancing drugs.

U.S. District Judge Reggie Walton ordered another trial for next spring and invited Clemens to request the government to pay his legal expenses in connection with the aborted trial.

Someday those guys are going to have to take a hard look in the mirror and ask themselves how a guy as slimy as Clemens and as inept as Clemens’ laywer Rusty Hardin have handed them public butt-whuppins so consistently over the past year.

  1. Francisco (FC) - Nov 9, 2011 at 9:21 AM

    As much as Clemens is such a slime-ball the prosecutors seriously screwed up, I have a hard time seeing the Federal Government avoid paying Clemen’s legal fees for their lapse in judgement. Tax Dollars at work folks!

  2. cur68 - Nov 9, 2011 at 9:22 AM

    “how a guy as slimy as Clemens and as inept as Clemens’ laywer Rusty Hardin have handed (the prosecutors) public butt-whuppins”
    – Too bad you don’t golf, Craig. You’d recognize this little trait. In golf it’s easy to fall into the trap of playing to the level of your competition.

  3. sparkycon - Nov 9, 2011 at 10:08 AM

    What i would like to know: is it worth the millions of dollars spent here, and the 10+ million spent on the Barry Bonds trial? Is this an effective use of our tax dollars? Hell no. They should be spending this money pupping people back to work or something actually worth while. These are not anti-government spies, they are BASEBALL PLAYERS!

    • sparkycon - Nov 9, 2011 at 10:40 AM

      uh, that should be putting people back to work not pupping…duh…

  4. steveohho - Nov 9, 2011 at 10:12 AM

    How come its all right and proper for Congress to lie to us, but if one of us peons lies to them its perjury? Ridiculous. I suppose we are all “equal under the law”, but that some are far more equal than others.

    The feds have unlimited money to try people over and over no matter how spurious the case or how much buffoonary the lawyers commit, where as the defendant no matter how rich they are has to foot their own legal bill.

    • kellyb9 - Nov 9, 2011 at 10:33 AM

      Bill Clinton would beg to differ on your first point, but that’s another discussion for another time. There is, and should be, a big difference between telling a lie and telling a lie under oath. I don’t necessarily believe Clemens should have been placed in that position, but he was regardless. Also,I take issue with comparing a millionaire to one of us regular folk. He’d be in jail right now if it wasn’t for his defense team.

      • cur68 - Nov 9, 2011 at 12:19 PM

        Right you are Kelly, “Clemens should (not) have been placed in that position”. Guess who’s partially responsible for Rog being in that position? A man of possibly low character and questionable public behaviour. Possibly even a cheater at baseball. His name? Roger Clemens.

        If old Rog had kept his yip shut, this wouldn’t be happening. Congress had to substantiate if McNamee was lying. If Clemens had said “I don’t want to be involved in a federal investigation, therefore I have no comment,” none of this “Lying to Congress” stuff happens. He’d have some public perception issues, but nothing to this degree. His fool of a lawyer should have made this clear to him. I think being a millionaire played against Clemens here. His lawyer may not have made it clear to him; thus he gets his name in the press as “Roger Clemen’s Experienced Law Dog” and a good chunk on Rog’s millions.

        You or I being poor (but infinitely better smelling and looking than Rog) would likely get the “say nothing” advice; we don’t have millions to be soaked out of.

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