Thumbnail sketches of jurors in Clemens retrial
Thumbnail sketches of the nine female and three male jurors who will decide whether pitcher Roger Clemens lied to Congress when he denied using performance-enhancing drugs, following Wednesday’s dismissal of a juror for repeatedly falling asleep during the trial. The dismissed juror, from Seat 11, was replaced by the juror in Seat 3, who had been the first alternate. The biographical information comes from public statements by the jurors themselves during jury selection.
Seat 1: Female, single, supermarket cashier for five years. Says, ”I’m not a big fan of sports, period.” Never heard of Clemens, and says, ”If he did indulge, I believe he should be penalized.”
Seat 2: Female, plays golf, not a baseball fan, but watches golf, tennis and the Super Bowl. Recently retired, she has worked at an association for psychologists and as an elementary school teacher.
Seat 3: Female, program analyst with Washington D.C. Department of Human Services since 2000. Took prelaw classes and considered going to law school. Never heard of Clemens and doesn’t follow sports. Loves to read and bake.
Seat 4: Female, occupational therapist. Attended two baseball games in her life, both in Washington – one at old Griffith Stadium and one at Nationals Park. Not a baseball fan.
Seat 5: Male, studied engineering and bioengineering at the University of Pennsylvania. Hockey fan, likes long-distance running and working out. Knows a lot of people who took performance-enhancing drugs, but says PEDs were not for him. Thought 2008 congressional hearings on steroids were ”excessive.”
Seat 6: Female, curatorial researcher at the Smithsonian, not a sports fan. On 2008 congressional hearings on steroids, she said, ”At the time, I felt maybe that was not the best use of Congress’ time when they have so many other things to deal with.”
Seat 8: Female, teaches deaf and hard of hearing, from Buffalo. Likes photography and fabric art. Not a sports fan, doesn’t know Clemens.
Seat 9: Male, works as administrative assistant at Canadian embassy (next door to the courthouse). Worked at life insurance company. Was a premed student at Howard University. Speaks French and Spanish. Not a baseball fan. Asked about Clemens’ 2008 congressional testimony, he said Clemens ”seemed forthright.”
Seat 12: Male, retired, grew up in Germany, moved to U.S. at the age of 15 in 1946, which would make him around 80 years old. Taught political science at University of Massachusetts-Amherst for 25 years, also taught at Smith. Didn’t recognize Clemens’ name; only sport he follows is soccer.
Seat 13: Female, retiree, active in effort to get voting rights for D.C. Worked at U.S. Department of Transportation and Bureau of Public Debt. Said her husband told her, upon learning she might serve on this trial, ”Get out of it, don’t do it!,” eliciting chuckle from Clemens.
Seat 14: Female, environmental lawyer, ran cross-country and track in high school. Doesn’t follow sports. Knew Clemens as a ”well-regarded pitcher,” but, ”didn’t know he was connected to steroids.”
Seat 16: Female, works in law enforcement with the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority, calls herself a ”sharpshooter.” When not working, sleeps and cooks a lot. Not a sports fan, and hadn’t heard of Clemens.
Seat 7: Male, heard of Clemens but said he couldn’t identify what position he played. Testified before Congress several times, most recently on cyber legislation, representing financial sector. Now an official at the U.S. Treasury Department. Went to Yale School of Management.
Seat 10: Female, goes to one baseball game a year. Not a sports fan. Works at American Council on Education as librarian and in continuing education. Likes classical music, cooking vegetarian food and ”light philosophy.” Not a sports fan.
Seat 15: Male, says he grew up in River Edge, N.J., down the street from a house rented by New York Yankee stars Mickey Mantle and Roger Maris. Been going to gym since 1975, knows people who use steroids, calls it a ”pretty stupid thing to do.” Avid cyclist. Works as senior program analyst for Nuclear Regulatory Commission. Studied docket of Clemens case.