As the cross-examination of the chief witness in the Roger Clemens perjury case continued today, prosecutors in Washington filed court papers suggesting the government is concerned about the possible harm the vigorous questioning could have on jurors.
Government lawyers asked U.S. District Judge Reggie Walton to allow prosecutors to tell jurors all about the drug-related interaction that Brian McNamee, Clemens’s former strength coach, had with other professional baseball players. McNamee testified this week he injected Clemens with performance enhancing drugs, a central allegation to the perjury case against the former pitching star.
Walton did not outright prohibit testimony about McNamee’s conduct and discussions with other players, including Chuck Knoblauch. But the judge said earlier he would wait to hear the “exact line of attack” against McNamee, the sole witness who directly accuses Clemens of using steroids and human growth hormone.
“That time has come, as the defense’s line of attack is now clear: the defense vigorously contends that McNamee is biased and self-interested, and that he was biased and self-interested at every stage of this matter,” an assistant U.S. attorney, Steven Durham, said in the court papers filed today.