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The Clemens Trial desperately needs Joe West right now

May 8, 2012, 12:30 PM EDT

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

Trying a case to a jury is like pitching: work fast and throw strikes. It’s amazing how many lawyers fail to understand this. How many fall in love with their own outline of questions and fixate on points that matter only to them when a jury really only cares about the important crap.

But even if the lawyers trying the Rogers Clemens case didn’t know that, you’d think the judge actually yelling at them to speed the heck up would work. But I guess not:

Prosecutors had said they might have star witness Brian McNamee testify Tuesday. Now they say he might not even appear this week. And that was after U.S. District Judge Reggie Walton told both sides to speed things along.

Walton said Monday he had concerns about the pace of the trial, and threatened to impose time limits if the parties continue to ask unnecessary questions.

The trial is already in its fourth week.

Someone call Joe West. He may be wrong on every evidentiary ruling in the case, but he’d sure as hell get this baby moving faster.

  1. charlutes - May 8, 2012 at 12:36 PM

    Don’t be such a lawyer.

  2. heyblueyoustink - May 8, 2012 at 12:49 PM

    Why don’t we just tie him to a large rock and throw him in a river. If he drowns, he’s innocent. If he lives, he’s guilty and thus we proceeed to tying him to a post with some kindling at his feet.

    • lazlosother - May 8, 2012 at 1:39 PM

      First we would have to see if he weighs as much as a duck.

      • ptfu - May 8, 2012 at 2:26 PM

  3. The Common Man - May 8, 2012 at 1:47 PM

    I’m so glad we’ve found a use for Joe West.

    • El Bravo - May 8, 2012 at 2:04 PM

      You mean other than the beautiful country music he creates?

      • Old Gator - May 8, 2012 at 2:44 PM

        Didn’t he write that country classic, “When Ya Leave Me, Walk Backerds, So’s ah Think Yore Comin; In”?

      • jimbo1949 - May 8, 2012 at 7:41 PM

        Nah, I think that was McCarver.

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