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Roger Clemens Pleads Not Guilty in Perjury Case

Roger Clemens (Image from Doug Mills/The New York Times)

Have you ever said something so much you believed it? Like that time you told your parents you got a B+ on that algebra test when you failed it? Then, when you got your grade at the end of the term, you were surprised to see that you had a C in the course despite all B’s (and really one F)? Sound familiar?

That’s the kind of situation former Red Sox pitcher Roger Clemens finds himself in. Despite an enormous amount of circumstantial evidence, reported DNA evidence, and tremendous witness testimony from Brian McNamee, Andy Pettitte, Chuck Knoblauch, and others, Clemens seems convinced that he’s absolutely correct. Just ask him. He didn’t take steroids or HGH.

Well, Roger tried using that strategy with the government, and it has him in a heap of legal trouble. Facing years in prison and a fine of more than $1 million, Clemens defiantly told a federal judge on Monday, ” Not guilty, your honor.” Now, he must wait for an April 4, 2011 trial.

There’s also the chance that Roger’s trial will coincide with the perjury trial against former Giants outfielder Barry Bonds, which is set to begin March 21, 2011. The two faces of the Steroid Era will go one-on-one with the U.S. Government within one month of each other.

Do you think Roger will be found guilty or non-guilty?

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