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Old 08-30-2010, 05:41 PM   #13 (permalink)
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WASHINGTON Seven-time Cy Young winner Roger Clemens pleaded not guilty Monday to charges of lying to Congress about
whether he used steroids or human growth hormone.

When asked for a plea by U.S. District Judge Reggie Walton, the retired Major League Baseball pitcher said in a clear voice: "Not guilty, your honor."

Clemens and another of baseball's premier stars sullied by steroid accusations, all-time home run leader Barry Bonds, could both begin their day in court next spring, turning the spotlight back on major league baseball's long-running drug scandal just as it opens the 2011 season.

Wearing a dark jacket, brown pants and tie, Clemens appeared in federal court only a few blocks from where he swore under oath to a House committee in 2008 that he had not used performance-enhancing drugs.

Clemens, who pitched for the Boston Red Sox, Toronto Blue Jays, New York Yankees and Houston Astros, got into a van and left shortly after his plea without speaking to the throngs of reporters and television cameras waiting outside the E. Barrett Prettyman Courthouse.

Federal prosecutors didn't believe Clemens' testimony to Congress, and they subsequently charged him with making false statements, perjury and obstruction of Congress.

The 48-year-old baseball star had vowed all along to fight the charges.

After hearing Clemens' plea, Walton set an April 5 date for choosing a jury. That would be four days after Opening Day of the 2011 major league baseball season and two weeks after the scheduled start of Bonds' trial on charges of lying to a federal grand jury when he said he never knowingly used performance-enhancing drugs.
Roger Clemens pleads not guilty to charge of lying - Yahoo! News
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