Tuesday, June 19, 2012

The Best Reasonable Doubt that Money Can Buy

I don't have to repeat the details of the story of Roger Clemens being acquitted of all charges of perjury in saying to Congress that he did not take performance enhancing drugs.  In a criminal trial the prosecutor must prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.  Wealthy people like Roger Clemens and OJ Simpson can afford to hire attorneys to raise enough doubt so that the jury acquits them.  Roger Clemens was accused in the 2007 Mitchell reports of being injected with steroids and human growth hormone by his personal trainer Brian McNamee.  Apparently his attorneys were able to "demonize" McNamee in the eyes of the jurors.

The one big question - will Clemens be elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame?  What about the others like Barry Bonds, Sammy Sosa, and Mark Mcguire?  Will Clemens be invited to future Yankee Old Timer games?  Time will tell.

I still hate Clemens for the two incidents in 2000 when he threw at Mike Piazza.  He had pinpoint control and threw at Mike's head in the regular season game and threw the broken bat in the World Series.

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