Clemens back in court
Baseball legend Roger Clemens was back in federal court in Washington this afternoon in his perjury and obstruction case involving performance-enhancing drugs.
U.S. District Judge Reggie B. Walton of the District set a hearing to allow the seven-time Cy Young award-winning pitcher to waive formally any concerns he has that his defense counsel, Rusty Hardin, also briefly represented former teammate Andy Pettitte. Clemens waived the concerns.
Clemens and Pettitte were both named in a December 2007 report by a commission formed by Major League Baseball and headed by former senator George Mitchell to look into the use of steroids and human growth hormone in the sport.
An agent for both players put them in touch with Hardin, who briefly represented the pair before Pettite decided to get his own lawyer and to admit his drug use, and whom prosecutors may seek to call as a witness against Clemens
Hardin and prosecutors said beforehand they expected to handle the problem by allowing another member of Clemens' legal team - who has had no dealings with Pettitte -- to handle that part of the case.
Clemens also has sought to dismiss one of the charges in his August indictment as overly broad. But that did not come up Wednesday.
Clemens faces six felony counts, including obstruction of Congress, perjury and making false statements, all steming from his February 2008 testimony before a House panel in which he stated he has never used steroids or HGH. He has maintained his truthfulness and pleaded not guilty.
[This post has been updated.]
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| February 2, 2011; 2:05 PM ET
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