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Clemens Jury Reaches Verdict in Federal Perjury Trial

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Roger Clemens Acquitted of Federal Charges Over Steroid Use
Former New York Yankee Roger Clemens was found not guilty of lying to Congress about his use of performance-enhancing drugs. Photographer: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

June 18 (Bloomberg) -- A jury has reached a verdict in the obstruction trial of former New York Yankees pitcher Roger Clemens almost a week after beginning deliberations in a Washington courthouse.

Last week, the panel of eight women and four men were urged both by lawyers for Clemens and prosecutors to use common sense when deciding whether he intentionally lied to Congress to cover up his use of steroids and human growth hormone.

Before the jury began discussions, federal prosecutors said in closing arguments that Clemens gave false testimony about using performance-enhancing drugs to safeguard his image as one of Major League Baseball’s best pitchers.

“Why? So as not to tarnish his name, that Clemens brand we heard about,” Assistant U.S. Attorney Gilberto Guerrero said at the time. “He had to keep the secret safe -- the one he and Brian McNamee knew.”

The case is U.S. v. Clemens, 1:10-cr-00223, U.S. District Court, District of Columbia (Washington).

To contact the reporter on this story: Michael Riley in Washington at michaelriley@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Mary Romano at mromano6@bloomberg.net

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