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Okay, this sounds all well and good—I met the shark in open waters and he didn't bite—but Roger may quickly turn his missteps into something like the three trials of Oscar Wilde. Continue reading
Posted Jul 15, 2011 at The Best American Poetry
Mistrial. That was quick. A walk in the park: Moments ago the prosecution allowed the jury to see inadmissible evidence. Both sides were instructed at pre-trial that they were not to introduce outside evidence pertaining to the creditability of key witnesses. The prosecution allowed the jury to see comments made by U.S. Rep. Elijah E. Cummings about key (future) witness Andy Pettitte. A document with Cummings' comments was posted on the video screens in front of the jury as well as on the screen facing the public. Judge Walton was upset; Clemens' lawyer Hardin moved for a mistrial, the motion... Continue reading
Posted Jul 14, 2011 at The Best American Poetry
Truly, to tell lies is not honorable; But when the truth entails tremendous ruin, To speak dishonorably is pardonable. --Sophocles, Fragment 323 of Creusa Today was the first day in the federal government’s perjury trial against former baseball star Roger Clemens. Clemens is accused of lying to a House committee in 2008 when he voluntarily appeared before them (oops!) and denied using performance-enhancing drugs. The 48-year-old seven-time Cy Young Award winner is facing up to 30 years in prison. On the first day of voir dire I went into the courtroom café for lunch and immediately lucked into line behind... Continue reading
Posted Jul 13, 2011 at The Best American Poetry
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Jul 13, 2011