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Jury taking a hands-on approach in Clemens retrial

Roger Clemens Obstruction-Perjury Trial Begins In Washington

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Former Major League Baseball player Roger Clemens leaves federal court following jury selection in his perjury trial on July 6, 2011 in Washington, DC.

Roger Clemens, the all-star pitcher that has played for MLB teams like the New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox, is facing the fifth week of his retrial in Washington, D.C.

At stake in the trial is whether or not Clemens lied to Congress in 2008 when he stated he'd never used steroids or human growth hormone. Clemens faces up to 30 years in prison if found guilty of all charges.

Deciding his fate and, likely, his legacy, are 12 jurors that are taking a rare role in a trial. Instead of sitting idly on the sidelines, they're being allowed to pose their own questions to the witnesses. It's an uncommon move by the federal judge overseeing the trial.


Del Quentin Wilber is a reporter for the Washington Post who's following the trial.

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