Thursday, August 19, 2010

Federal Grand Jury Indicts Clemens

Today, a federal grand jury indicted former major league pitcher Roger Clemens on six counts of perjury, false statements and obstruction of Congress. These charges stem from his testimony in front of House Oversight and Government Reform Committee in February 2008.

Personally, I think these charges sound a lot more impressive than they actually are. Let's remember that Barry Bonds was indicted on perjury and obstruction charges in November 2007. The trial is not set to begin until March of next year. That means it will have taken three and a half years for the federal government to bring Bonds to trial. This is, of course, assuming there isn't another delay in the proceedings. So much for the right to a speedy trial.

Needless to say, I don't think Clemens will see the inside of a courtroom anytime soon.

For a little background here is an article I wrote in defense of Clemens after the release of the Mitchell Report in December 2007 prior to Clemens testimony on Capitol Hill.

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