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Expert: DNA on the syringes, cotton balls match Clemens

May 25, 2012, 2:30 PM EDT

After several weeks of what often sounded like pointless, boring testimony, things are finally heating up for the prosecutors in the Clemens case:

A forensic scientist testified that two cotton balls and a syringe needle allegedly saved after a steroids injection tested positive for Roger Clemens’ DNA, a key moment on Friday as the government tries to prove the former pitcher used performance-enhancing drugs.

Alan Keel told jurors that the DNA on both cotton balls were “unique to one person who has ever lived on the planet” – Clemens. He said one of the cotton balls had a random match possibility of one in 15.4 trillion for Clemens’ DNA, and the other had one in 173 trillion, when comparing to the population of white people in the U.S.

One in 173 trillion, eh?  I guess upon hearing that we know what Rusty Hardin’s cross-examination is going to look like:

Seriously, though, this is not good for Clemens. Maybe his best hope is that the jury has been totally numbed to everything by now.

  1. makeham98 - May 25, 2012 at 2:33 PM

    When was it that Clemens’ defense stated that McNamee never injected him with anything ever?

    • delawarephilliesfan - May 25, 2012 at 4:22 PM

      The syringes already were shown to have traces of HGH, so Clemens has to show that he had nothing to do with those particular syringes, or at least create doubt

      Like Craig said, this is bad for Clemens

      • protius - May 28, 2012 at 3:49 AM

        You wrote: “Clemens has to show that he had nothing to do with those particular syringes, or at least create doubt.” The best way for Clemens’ attorneys to create doubt is to ask the prosecutor if he can prove when the traces of HGH were introduced into the needle and syringe, and then wiped on the cotton balls. Was it before or after Clemens was injected?

        If they can prove it was before Clemens was injected, then the prosecutors have a case, but if they can’t prove it was before Clemens was injected, then their evidence is suspect. The defense can intimate that McNamee may have put the banned substance in the needle and syringe post-facto.

    • Baseball Beer Burritos In That Order - May 25, 2012 at 4:36 PM

      I was under the impression they’ve argued all along that he only received B12 injections. This does nothing to change that.

    • Baseball Beer Burritos In That Order - May 25, 2012 at 4:37 PM

      I should actually have said “they’ve argued all along he thought he was only receiving B12 injections, and that McNamee never told him it was HGH.” Edit function, please.

  2. ezthinking - May 25, 2012 at 2:38 PM

    You forgot the part where the needle had a 1 in 449 chance of being Clemens, in other words, the DNA on the syringe matches over 630,000 people in the United States. Oh, and there’s no time frame of when the steroids and the DNA came into contact.

    This jury is going to punt.

    • delawarephilliesfan - May 25, 2012 at 3:55 PM

      630,000 people in the U.S. could have been injected with that needle….but only one person was dabbed with the cotton ball.

      I guess it is possible that Clemens happened to wipe off a small cut with the cotton ball at the same time someone else was injected with that needle…..NOT!

      • ezthinking - May 25, 2012 at 4:40 PM

        Ahh, “same time” that’s where the evidence is missing and reasonable doubt comes in. Seriously, this is a worthless case.

  3. trybe29dr - May 25, 2012 at 3:03 PM

    Ezthinking with a failed joke attempt…thanks for playing

    • ezthinking - May 25, 2012 at 3:20 PM

      Sorry, didn’t think I was telling a joke. Just passing along some more facts.

  4. sj39 - May 25, 2012 at 3:12 PM

    I don’t care how this trial ends up, Clemens is a steroid using cheater, a liar, a crook and should get a life time ban from MLB.

    • ireportyoudecide - May 25, 2012 at 3:27 PM

      Do you have the same outrage watching Petitte piching, or Michael Morse taking the field?

      • ezthinking - May 25, 2012 at 3:29 PM

        Well said.

      • delawarephilliesfan - May 25, 2012 at 3:56 PM

        I do.

        And for the record – if Ryan Howard or someone on my team is juicing….F’ him!

    • drewsylvania - May 25, 2012 at 4:15 PM

      What about Hank Aaron and his greenies?

  5. Steve Stein - May 25, 2012 at 4:00 PM

    Are the rules of evidence here weaker than for the Ryan Braun PED hearing? I doubt they should be.
    Is the chain of custody of this syringe evidence weaker than in the Braun case? You betcha.
    So it boils down to whether at the prosecution can convince the jury to ignore the weakness of this evidence.

    • delawarephilliesfan - May 25, 2012 at 4:04 PM

      Weakness of the evidence? How about thickness of the blinders some peopel must be wearing…..

  6. makeham98 - May 25, 2012 at 4:13 PM

    The trial is not about whether Clemens “may .have” done peds or not. It’s about whether the feds can prove it using a legal standard. When your star witness is reputed to be a dirtbag, that’s a near impossible task. And it should be.

  7. ezthinking - May 25, 2012 at 4:36 PM

    How many other real cases could have been pursued in the DC area with the money and resources wasted on this trial? You know, child molesters, white collar criminals, murders, drug rings, bribery of governmental officials, … How many other trials are backlogged by this six-seven week circus of a trial?

    Cut government waste. Get a new AG for the D.C. district. He has obviously lost focus.

  8. trybe29dr - May 25, 2012 at 5:21 PM

    Article says the balls and stringe tested for clemens dna…i thought this was just a perjury case…he lied, who cares

    • makeham98 - May 25, 2012 at 6:04 PM

      You have evidence that McNamee injected Clemens with a needle. You don’t have evidence that he was injected with HGH or steroids. And letting them sit in a beer can for years, with others’ “evidence” … wow, solid. This is a legal case, not a “most likely” case.

  9. jdvalk - May 25, 2012 at 8:23 PM

    Clemens never denied injections of B12, so it’s no great feat that his trainer has remnants of DNA It’s on the gvt to prove that a witness under threat of fed charges himself and thus shredded credibility definitively used steroids, which doesn’t happen or ‘heat up’ things when all that’s learned is non-quarantined syringes have DNA of someone. What a waste of time.

  10. mattysold - May 26, 2012 at 12:38 AM

    Step 1, inject B12 Step 2, wipe off needle with cotton ball Step 3, Insert needle in vile of Anabolic Steroids Step 4, Squirt out excess,Let dry & store. Instant evidence.

  11. dirtyharry1971 - May 27, 2012 at 8:18 AM

    how does this look bad? ever hear of tampering with evidence? i mean really

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