Second Trial; No Double Jeopardy


Prosecutors will have another chance to try former star pitcher Roger Clemens on charges that he lied to Congress about taking performance-enhancing drugs, the Washington Post reports. U.S. District Judge Reggie Walton said the decision was not an easy one, but he felt that he had no choice but to allow prosecutors to move ahead. He set an April 17 trial date.

Clemens went to trial in July, but two days into testimony, Walton declared a mistrial when prosecutors played a video tape of House testimony that included information Walton had prohibited them from showing jurors. On Friday, Walton said the state of the law does not bar a retrial on double jeopardy grounds. Defense lawyer Michael Attanasio said, “This case should end. Enough money has been wasted. The government doesn’t deserve a second bite at the apple.”

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