A juror was dismissed from the perjury case of former New York Yankees pitcher Roger Clemens because of a death in the family, leaving the trial with just one alternate as it begins a seventh week.
U.S. District Judge Reggie Walton in Washington today excused the juror after noting on May 25 that the woman’s mother died. Two jurors, a man and a woman, were dismissed earlier in the trial for sleeping during the proceedings.
“She has to make all the arrangements,” Walton said. “She’s just unavailable. I have to excuse her. There’s nothing I can do.”
Clemens, a seven-time Cy Young Award winner, is charged with one count of obstructing a congressional investigation, three counts of making false statements and two counts of perjury stemming from his testimony to a House panel investigating the use of performance-enhancing drugs including steroids and human growth hormone.
The ballplayer faces as long as 21 months in prison if convicted. He denies having used the drugs. The government is trying to prove he used them and lied about it to Congress.
The case is U.S. v. Clemens, 1:10-cr-00223, U.S. District Court, District of Columbia (Washington).
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