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Clemens Judge Says He’s Considering Mistrial in Perjury Case

July 14, 2011

(Updates with judge’s comments in second paragraph.)

July 14 (Bloomberg) -- The judge in the perjury trial of former ballplayer Roger Clemens said he is considering declaring a mistrial because jurors saw a video in violation of a court order.

U.S. District Judge Reggie Walton in Washington today said prosecutors violated an earlier order when they showed the jury a video clip of the 2008 hearing where the wife of former New York Yankees pitcher Andy Pettitte was discussed. Walton said he earlier ruled that an affidavit given to Congress by Pettitte’s wife, Laura, couldn’t be admitted into evidence in the government’s presentation of its main case.

“I think Mr. Pettitte’s testimony is critical as to whether this man goes to prison,” Walton said, noting that the video improperly bolstered Pettitte’s credibility with the jury. “I don’t see how to unring the bell,” Walton said.

Walton then called a break in the proceedings as he mulled his next move.

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