Clemens juror dismissed for sleeping
A juror in the Roger Clemens perjury trial was dismissed Wednesday for repeatedly showing up late and sleeping during testimony.
The unemployed 27-year-old was selected despite telling attorneys he would rather stay in bed than sit through the former baseball star’s trial, the Houston Chronicle reported.
The unidentified juror subsequently vowed to remain "wide awake" but US District Judge Reggie Walton booted him from the panel after he failed to do so.
Walton, however, did have a little sympathy for jurors, indicating Tuesday he was becoming disturbed by the snail’s pace of proceedings, noting jurors were beginning to look "bored" and urging attorneys to speed things up.
The trial, in which government prosecutors are once more trying to prove Clemens lied to Congress in 2008 about his alleged use of performance-enhancing drugs, resumed Wednesday minus the sleepy juror.
Clemens, 49, has steadfastly denied using performance-enhancing drugs. If convicted on all charges, he could face 15 to 21 months in prison.