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Roger Clemens is found not guilty of lying to Congress

The decision brings an end to a saga that included an expensive, five-year investigation of a pitcher who has been considered one of baseball's best of all-time.

June 18, 2012|By Chuck Schilken
  • Former baseball pitcher Roger Clemens, center, and his attorney Rusty Hardin, right, arrive at the U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C., after the jury reached a verdict in Clemens' perjury and obstruction trial. The jury found Clemens not guilty on all counts.
Former baseball pitcher Roger Clemens, center, and his attorney Rusty… (Chip Somodevilla / Getty…)

Roger Clemens has been acquitted on all charges of perjury after a jury found Monday he did not lie to Congress about using performance enhancing drugs.

The jury deliberated a total of about 10 hours following a 10-week trial. The decision brings an end to a saga that included an expensive, five-year investigation of a pitcher who has been considered one of baseball's best of all-time.

Clemens had been charged with perjury, making false statements and obstructing Congress in 2008 by denying ever using steroids or human growth hormone during testimony at a deposition and at a nationally televised hearing.

The obstruction count included 13 alleged lies that were included on a complex verdict sheet given to the jurors when they held their first 15 minutes of deliberations late Tuesday afternoon.

Clemens faced up to 30 years in jail and a $1.5-million fine if he had been convicted on all six counts, although he probably would have gotten between 15 to 21 months under U.S. sentencing guidelines.

A seven-time Cy Young Award winner, Clemens was an 11-time All-Star who played 24 years in the majors and is ninth all-time in wins (354) and third in strikeouts (4,672).

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