Objection! Numerous bench conferences have slowed the pace of the Roger Clemens perjury trial, as each side calls out the other on questions that are potentially not allowed.
Sometimes U.S. District Judge Reggie Walton on his own tells the lawyers to approach the bench. Just as the judge did early in the trial to point out that a juror was sleeping. "Just wanted to let you know," Walton told the prosecutors and defense lawyers, according to a transcript.
Another take-away from a review of several recent bench conferences: the gag order ends after a witness testifies. That’s what Walton said at a bench conference this week regarding the testimony of government witness Andy Pettitte. (After his testimony, Pettitte declined to comment.)
Below are excerpts from some of the bench conferences in recent days, including a series of exchanges during Pettitte’s testimony in which a defense attorney for Clemens drew the ire of Walton. The transcripts were released today.