Roger Clemens Trial: Jury Begins Deliberations

After 33 days of the Roger Clemens federal perjury trial and over four hours of closing arguments, the jury retired to begin deliberations on Tuesday.

The prosecution painted a picture of a Roger Clemens who knew exactly what he was doing when he told members of Congress in 2008 that he never used steroids or human-growth hormone.


"One of baseball's most storied pitchers of all time ... had to keep his secret safe. Roger Clemens created a cover story," Guerrero said, adding, "Someone [else] was going to be the fall guy, not Roger Clemens."

The defense attacked the character of accuser and star witness Brian McNamee throughout most of the trial, and they continued to do so in the closing arguments.

"This wasn't advice (that Clemens gave to Andy Pettitte). This wasn't some kind of sit-down conversation. This wasn't some kind of confession. Hogwash. Hogwash. ... The government can't prove their case so they do things like this. It's not fair. It's not right. But that's why you're here," Attanasio said.

The jury now has to deliberate and reach a decision, which could take a while.

By way of reference, the jury deciding Barry Bonds' federal trial heard 11 days of testimony and deliberated for three days and four hours. On the other hand, the jury in the O.J. Simpson double-murder trial heard more than eight months of testimony and returned a verdict after four hours of deliberations.

Could be a day, could be a week. But the active part of the Roger Clemens trial is now over.

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