|White Collar Criminal Defense Attorney Rusty Hardin quoted in The New York Times article |
Clemens Found Not Guilty of Lying About Drug Use
|June 18, 2012 11:59 pm|
The New York Times:
The verdict, which came on the second full day of deliberations in United States District Court, was a significant defeat for the government in its second failed attempt at convicting Mr. Clemens and will most likely fuel criticism of prosecutors for investing time and money in cases involving athletes accused of doping.
As the six counts of not guilty were announced in the packed courtroom, Mr. Clemens bit his lip and appeared to wipe tears from his eyes. After the judge said, "Mr. Clemens, you are free to go," Mr. Clemens hugged his lawyers and his wife. He huddled with his sons, who wept with relief. His lead lawyer, Rusty Hardin, said: "We've waited a long time for this. Long time coming."
Mr. Clemens, 49 and a seven-time winner of the Cy Young Award as the best pitcher in his league, had been charged with one count of obstructing Congress, three counts of making false statements and two counts of perjury in connection with his testimony to a House committee about whether he used drugs. If he had been convicted on all counts, he would have faced up to 30 years in federal prison.
Mr. Hardin, the lawyer who had been at Mr. Clemens's side throughout the Congressional testimony, investigation and the trial, said he hoped the public would view Mr. Clemens as a hard worker, not a cheat.
"I hope those in the public that made up their mind before there was a trial will now back up and entertain the possibility of what he has always said: using steroids and H.G.H. is cheating and it was totally contrary to his entire career," Mr. Hardin said.
The jury took the defense's side.
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