Mistrial Declared in Clemens Perjury Case

UPDATE: WASHINGTON (AP) – The judge declared a mistrial in baseball star Roger Clemens' perjury trial over inadmissible evidence shown to jurors.

U.S. District Judge Reggie Walton said Clemens could not be assured a fair trial after prosecutors showed jurors evidence against his orders in the second day of testimony.

Walton scheduled a Sept. 2 hearing to determine whether to hold a new trial.


WASHINGTON (AP) – The judge presiding over Roger Clemens' perjury trial is considering whether to declare a mistrial over evidence revealed to the jury that may prejudice the jury against the former baseball star.

U.S. District Judge Reggie Walton scolded prosecutors for twice violating his orders not to reveal certain evidence to the jury and said it could put the whole case at risk. He took a recess Thursday morning to consider how to rule on a motion for a mistrial from Clemens' attorney Rusty Hardin.

Prosecutors suggested the problem could be fixed with an instruction to the jury to disregard the evidence, but Walton seemed skeptical. “I don't see how I un-ring the bell,” he said.

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