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Jury Being Selected For Roger Clemens’ Perjury Trial

It looks like the pool of prospective jurors for the Roger Clemens perjury trial isn’t filled with baseball fans.

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One prospect, who works as a cashier at a grocery store, said, “I’m not a fan of sports — period.”

Ninety potential jurors gathered today in a federal courtroom in Washington, for the start of jury selection. Clemens, a seven-time Cy Young award winner who had a 24-year major league career, stood and greeted them, and then swiveled in his chair as if trying to make eye contact with as many of them as possible.

But it soon became clear that many of them had no idea who he was. Three of the first four who were questioned said they didn’t know anything about Clemens. Another, when asked what she thought about the use of steroids in sports, said, “I really don’t care.” She’s still in the jury pool.

Clemens is accused of lying to Congress when he denied using performance-enhancing drugs. His first trial, last summer, ended quickly in a mistrial when jurors saw evidence that wasn’t supposed to be admitted.

 

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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