Clemens risked prison when he rejected plea offer
Roger Clemens rejected a plea deal that would have spared him
prison time, and instead took his chances by going to trial.
Clemens lawyer Rusty Hardin said in a telephone interview
Thursday that prosecutors offered to let the former pitcher plead
guilty to one count of lying to Congress when he denied using human
growth hormone. In exchange, Clemens would have received
The seven-time Cy Young Award winner was indicted in August 2010
on six counts for allegedly lying to Congress for denying he used
HGH as well as steroids. At the time, Hardin revealed that his
client had rejected a plea offer, but the lawyer declined to
provide the details.
In the interview Thursday, Hardin said his client was offered
the deal in December 2009 and immediately rejected it.
”His reason was, `I didn’t lie to Congress,”’ Hardin said. On
Monday, a jury in Washington acquitted Clemens on all counts.
Under U.S. sentencing guidelines, Clemens probably would have
faced up to 15 months to 21 months in prison if convicted.
The first attempt to try Clemens last year ended in a mistrial
when prosecutors played a snippet of video evidence that had
previously been ruled inadmissible, and U.S. District Judge Reggie
Walton indicated back then that Clemens was looking at jail
Explaining why he was calling a mistrial, Walton said, ”Because
if this man got convicted, from my perspective, knowing how I
sentence, he goes to jail. And I’m not going to, under the
circumstances, when this has happened, put this man’s liberty in
The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia declined
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