Baseball for the Thinking Fan

Login | Register | Feedback

btf_logo
You are here > Home > Baseball Newsstand > Baseball Primer Newsblog > Discussion
Baseball Primer Newsblog
— The Best News Links from the Baseball Newsstand

Monday, May 27, 2013

Roger Clemens still dogged by NY steroids case

Well, at least it will keep his name alive come HOF voting time…

Despite Roger Clemens’ victory last year in his perjury case, a defamation lawsuit filed against the former Yankees ace more than four years ago in federal court in Brooklyn is threatening to keep alive allegations that he used steroids and cheated on his wife.

A magistrate judge in the civil case last week ordered lawyers for Clemens to turn over government documents to the plaintiff, former strength coach Brian McNamee, including 22 FBI reports and notes from an Internal Revenue Service agent that refer to Clemens’ alleged affairs. The lawyers had argued the material, some based on FBI interviews of various women, was made up of ‘‘inadmissible rumors.’’

Judge Cheryl Pollak wrote that adultery ‘‘is not usually found to be probative of a witness’ character for truthfulness or untruthfulness.’’ But, she added, lawyers for McNamee ‘‘might be able to cross-examine Mr. Clemens about instances in which he allegedly lied about his relationships, since in that case, the basis for impeachment would be dishonesty.’’

Given ‘‘the sensitive nature’’ of the FBI reports and IRS notes, Pollak said they would be filed under a protective order that would keep them private for now.

Lawyers representing Clemens in the civil case had sought to withhold more than 1,600 pages of documents from the government’s criminal probe on the basis that they were grand jury material. However, the judge found that much of the material — including bank statements, letters and business records — should be turned over to the plaintiffs, saying that ‘‘documents produced in response to federal grand jury subpoenas does not automatically shield them from disclosure.’’

Pollak’s order ‘‘gives us the essential fruits of the government investigation’’ in a civil case that doesn’t require the higher standard of proof needed in the criminal one, Richard Emery, an attorney for McNamee said Sunday.

‘‘All we have to prove is that Clemens more probably than not lied and that McNamee didn’t,’’ he said.

Repoz Posted: May 27, 2013 at 05:55 AM | 0 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: steroids

Reader Comments and Retorts

Go to end of page

Statements posted here are those of our readers and do not represent the BaseballThinkFactory. Names are provided by the poster and are not verified. We ask that posters follow our submission policy. Please report any inappropriate comments.

You must be Registered and Logged In to post comments.

 

 

<< Back to main

BBTF Partner

Support BBTF

donate

Thanks to
Harveys Wallbangers
for his generous support.

Bookmarks

You must be logged in to view your Bookmarks.

Hot Topics

NewsblogAn oral history of Kirk Gibson's 1988 World Series home run
(6 - 9:38am, May 01)
Last: Rowland Office Supplies

NewsblogOTP 2016 April 25: Forget politics, baseball season in full gear
(1718 - 9:29am, May 01)
Last: JEe (Jason)

NewsblogReplay catches Albert Pujols off bag and costs LA Angels in loss at Texas
(1 - 9:24am, May 01)
Last: Jose Remains The Most Absurd Thing on the Site

NewsblogSherman: How baseball enticed Dee Gordon to use PEDs
(39 - 9:22am, May 01)
Last: BDC

Newsblog4-30 OMNICHATTER
(107 - 8:47am, May 01)
Last: AndrewJ

NewsblogMiami Herald: MLB has suspended Dee Gordon for 80 games after he tested positive for PEDs
(58 - 6:18am, May 01)
Last: David Nieporent (now, with children)

NewsblogOT: NBA Playoffs Thread 2016
(964 - 4:24am, May 01)
Last: RollingWave

NewsblogBeyond the Boxscore: Joe Mauer is back.
(1 - 1:29am, May 01)
Last: Davo's Favorite Tacos Are Moose Tacos

NewsblogOt: 2015-2016 NHL Thread
(248 - 1:09am, May 01)
Last: PASTE Transcends Almost All Generations (Zeth)

NewsblogFG - Rate Your MLB Broadcaster
(85 - 12:15am, May 01)
Last: Infinite Yost (Voxter)

Newsblog2016 New York City Softball Game
(104 - 10:26pm, Apr 30)
Last: reech

NewsblogTed Cruz the latest victim of politicians trying to talk sports | NBC SportsWorld
(117 - 7:29pm, Apr 30)
Last: Hysterical & Useless

NewsblogHardball Times: The Doug Mirabelli Trade, an Oral History
(14 - 6:30pm, Apr 30)
Last: Golfing Great Mitch Cumstein

Newsblog4-29-16 OMNICHATTER
(212 - 5:42pm, Apr 30)
Last: Bote Man makes baseball fun again

NewsblogAstros, Rangers Exploring Carolina League Teams
(2 - 5:12pm, Apr 30)
Last: PASTE Transcends Almost All Generations (Zeth)

Page rendered in 0.2378 seconds
45 querie(s) executed