Clemens trial begins today with jury selection

By: The Associated Press Email
By: The Associated Press Email

Record-setting pitcher Roger Clemens is becoming the latest prominent player to stand trial on criminal charges from baseball's steroids era.

Clemens goes on trial Wednesday in federal court on charges of lying to Congress in 2008 when he denied ever using performance-enhancing drugs during his 23-year career.

The trial begins by narrowing a pool of 125 Washington residents to a panel of 12 jurors and four alternates.

The trial is expected to last four to six weeks.

The case will pit Clemens against his former trainer, Brian McNamee, who says he injected Clemens with steroids and human growth hormone several times during the decade they worked out together.

Clemens' attorneys say McNamee made up the allegations to save himself from unemployment and prosecution on drug charges.

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