Posted by kirsch17 on June 19th, 2012
In what came to a shock to most people Roger Clemens was found not guilty on all counts of doping yesterday. Even though the case was long the jurors returned their verdict relatively quickly, less than 10 hours over several days. This ended a 10-week trial and the verdict was the latest blow to the government’s legal pursuit of athletes accused of illegal drug use. Barry Bonds was only found guilty of one count of obstruction in a San Francisco court last year. Probably one of the most famous anti-drug cases was that of Lance Armstrong. After a two-year, multi-continent investigation of the seven-time Tour de France champion the case was only recently closed with no charges.
Clemens was accused of cheating the achieve and extend his successful career and he was charges with two counts of perjury, three counts of making false statements and one count of obstructing Congress when he testifies at a deposition and at a nationally televised hearing in February 2008. Clemens had denied multiple times that he never used steroids and human growth hormones during his 24-year career with the New York Yankees that produced 354 victories. The government had a strong case against Clemens when his longtime strength coach Brian McNamee testified against Clemens saying he injected Clemens with steroids in 1998, 2000 and 2001 and with HGH in 2000. He produced a needle with other materials he said were from those injections. But he was the only one who claimed he knew about Clemens using steroids and HGH. But the defense said that Clemens was injected by McNamee but not with anything illegal, but with vitamin B12. Whatever the case the jury had the final say and they decided that Roger Clemens did not do anything illegal, a decision many people do not believe because of the evidence that was brought up against Clemens.