At the U.S. Justice Department's request, a federal judge in Washington today kept sealed a court document that addresses issues involving a key witness for the government in the perjury case against Roger Clemens.
Judge Reggie Walton of U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia said this afternoon at a hearing he was concerned about how disclosure of the information could affect his ability to pick an impartial jury.
Jury selection is scheduled to begin Monday in the prosecution of Clemens, who was charged in August 2010 with lying to Congress when he denied using performance enhancing drugs during his baseball career.
Clemens’ attorneys and prosecutors spent the bulk of the hearing going over the scope of what evidence should be allowed and the items that should be prohibited. For instance, Hardin will not be allowed to tell jurors that Clemens faces prison time if he is convicted.