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Clemens Not Testifying As Defense Rests In Perjury Trial

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146159635 Clemens Not Testifying As Defense Rests In Perjury Trial

Former all-star baseball pitcher Roger Clemens arrives at the U.S. District Court during his perjury and obstruction trial June 11, 2012 in Washington, DC. Clemens’ defense team plans to rest its case today and U.S. District Judge Reggie Walton said he hopes to get the trial to the jury by Tuesday. A seven-time Cy Young Award winner, Clemens is on trial for making false statements, perjury and obstructing Congress when he testified about steroid use during a February 2008 inquiry by the House Oversight and Government Affairs. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

WASHINGTON (AP) – The defense in the Roger Clemens perjury case has rested, without the former pitcher testifying.

After the defense said it had rested its case, the jury was cleared from the room and U.S. District Judge Reggie Walton asked Clemens if he was aware of his right not to testify.

Clemens came up to the podium, leaned in, and said, “Yes sir, I am, not testifying.”

Walton asked him if he had a chance to discuss the decision with his lawyers.

Clemens replied, “Yes judge, I sure have.”

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