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Roger Clemens Trial: Prosecution Can't Get It Right

Perhaps Roger Clemens should be paying the government the same as what he's been paying his own legal team. In the second attempt to convict Clemens of perjury, after failing to do so last year because of an amateur mistake in procedure, here the prosecution is once again in the bad graces of the judge.

According to reports, U.S. District Judge Reggie Walton "repeatedly berated" prosecutor Steven Durham for not asking the necessary follow-up questions on Wednesday when Andy Pettitte testified that there was a "50-50" chance he misunderstood Clemens 12 years ago in regards to his admission to human growth hormone use.

"I was waiting for you to ask, and you didn't ask that," Walton said (to Durham).

"My understanding is that (Pettitte's) position is at this time, he is conflicted. ... His testimony now before the jury is 'I don't know,' " the judge continued. "I thought that what we would hear is, 'Mr. Pettitte, currently, what is your memory of what Mr. Clemens told you back in 1999?'"

This is obviously a huge blow to the prosecution and more than likely an unexpected turn of events.

Read more about the Clemens trial at the SB Nation Houston StoryStream here.

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