Defense lawyers for Roger Clemens said Friday they may challenge key physical evidence that his former strength trainer, Brian McNamee, has provided to prosecutors in the former pitcher’s perjury trial.
The lawyers told U.S. District Judge Reggie Walton at a hearing that unspecified developments that prosecutors made them aware of over the last few weeks raised issues about the chain-of-custody of the evidence.
McNamee has said he repeatedly injected Clemens with steroids and human growth hormone, and saved some of the needles and gauze for years. Clemens’ lawyers say that if the government can’t prove the chain-of-custody, they will challenge McNamee’s evidence, which is central to the prosecution’s case.
...On a related note, Judge Walton turned down a request for a lawyer representing The Associated Press and The New York Times to unseal a government motion that prosecutors fear could tarnish McNamee in the eyes of potential jurors.
On Thursday, the government submitted a public notice that it had filed a sealed motion on March 19 to keep some unspecified information from the public. Walton said he shared the prosecutors’ fears that the information, if publicly disclosed, would complicate getting an impartial jury. He described it as information the government knows about, and fears would tarnish a witness.