Judge orders mistrial in Roger Clemens case

Former star MLB baseball pitcher Roger Clemens departs the federal courthouse after his arraignment on charges of lying to Congress about use of performance enhancing drugs in Washington, August 30, 2010. Clemens pleaded not guilty to six counts that he lied and obstructed a congressional investigation about whether he used banned substances to enhance his performance REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst (UNITED STATES – Tags: SPORT BASEBALL CRIME LAW POLITICS)

Roger Clemens got a reprieve today as the judge in his trial on charges of lying to Congress ordered a mistrial as the prosecution played a video that contained statements from the wife of Andy Pettitte.

The prosecution really screwed this up, as they had been clearly warned by the judge. You have to wonder whether this was an honest mistake or a case of an overaggressive prosecutor. The idea of a criminal trial was already controversial, and now the prosecution will have to decide whether to try again.

UPDATE: Reading this summary of the legal issues, it looks like Clemens is going to walk without another trial.

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