Prosecutors Ready To End Case Against Clemens

WASHINGTON (AP) – The government is expected to finish its perjury case against former major league pitcher Roger Clemens on Tuesday, and the defense should begin its case.

The trial is entering its seventh week. Clemens’ lawyers say they will need seven or eight court days to put on their defense.

On Friday, a government witness testified that two cotton balls and a syringe needle — allegedly saved after a steroids injection — tested positive for Clemens’ DNA.

Clemens, a seven-time Cy Young Award winner, is accused of lying to Congress in 2008 when he denied using steroids or human growth hormone.

Earlier in the trial, Brian McNamee, Clemens’ former strength and conditioning coach, said he had injected Clemens with steroids in 1998, 2000 and 2001 and with human growth hormone in 2000.

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