Roger Clemens Trial: Judge Rules In Favor Of Retrial, Sets Date For April 17th

The last we heard from the Roger Clemens trial was that a mistrial had been declared because the prosecution presented evidence that was previously ruled inadmissible. Today, the judge in the case ruled in favor of a retrial instead of throwing the case out. From Jim Baumbach of Newsday:

Judge rules in favor of a retrial for Clemens. Sets trial date of April 17. Clemens, however, can appeal this decision.

The difference between getting a retrial or having the case thrown out was one of intent. Did the prosecution deliberately enter the evidence, knowing that would lead to a mistrial, which would be a sneaky way the prosecution to start the trial over? Or was the entry of the evidence an accident, like sitting on your cell phone weird and butt-dialing an ex-girlfriend at three in the morning? The Judge Reggie Walton ruled it was the latter, probably in those exact words.

Clemens can appeal to the District of Columbia Court of Appeals, which he will almost certainly do. This means that the April 17th date for a retrial is hardly set in stone, as the appeals process might not even be finished by then.

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