It sounded like a fixed game. On just the second day of the trial against Roger Clemens, the prosecution gave Rusty Harden a gift, citing a statement by Laura Petitte, the wife of Andy Petitte that US District Judge Reggie Walton had ruled inadmissible. Hardin immediately moved for a mistrial, and got it.
â€śGovernment counsel doesnâ€™t do just what government counsel can get away with doing â€¦ Iâ€™m very troubled by this," Walton said directly to the prosecutors. "A lot of government money has been used to reach this point. The government should have been more cautious. I donâ€™t see how I can un-ring the bell.â€ť
And, itâ€™s likely that theyâ€™re not done spending.
Thatâ€™s because Judge Walton called a Sept. 2 hearing to see if the prosecution will seek a new trial.
If so, thanks for wasting more taxpayer dollars.
Look, lying to Congress is a serious matter. If there was truly a case for that with Clemens, then the feds needed to go after it. But to screw up so badlyâ€¦ so quicklyâ€¦ itâ€™s our tax dollars going after the case, and in case you didnâ€™t know it, weâ€™re at a point right now where on August 2, the nation could be in default unless the debt ceiling in increased.
The prosecution needed to go after Clemens. Whoever had the bright idea to go against the order from the bench, when heaven knows, millions of Americans that read the papers daily knew was off-limits, should be fired.
Good going. You made Rusty Hardin look smart, by passing him the easiest gimmie in recent memory. The last thing America needed was this case to (continue) to drag on. Way to go.
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