Judge denies Clemens compensation for mistrial

Judge denies Clemens compensation for mistrial

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WASHINGTON, DC - JUNE 18: Former all-star baseball pitcher Roger Clemens becomes emotional while talking to the news media after he was found not guilty on 13 counts of perjury and obstruction outside the Prettyman U.S. Court House June 18, 2012 in Washington, DC.

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Associated Press

Posted on July 3, 2012 at 5:07 PM

WASHINGTON -- Roger Clemens won’t be getting back the money he spent on his first perjury trial, the one that ended in a mistrial.

U.S. District Judge Reggie Walton on Tuesday denied the former pitcher’s request for fees and other costs associated with the trial that ended abruptly last July when prosecutors showed jurors a snippet of videotaped evidence that had been previously ruled inadmissible.

Walton said last fall that "it doesn’t seem fair" for Clemens to pay for the government’s mistake, but the judge’s ruling found that the law doesn’t allow for such compensation because it wasn’t shown that the prosecutors deliberately introduced the barred evidence.

Clemens was charged with lying to Congress when he denied using performance-enhancing drugs. He was retried this year and found not guilty on all counts.

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