Roger Clemens, pitcher of the New York Yankees and formerly for the Boston Red Sox, may have all charges dropped due to potentially being double jeopardy. CBS reports:
Clemens will now argue all charges should be dropped, based on constitutional bans on double jeopardy — two trials for the same offense. Legally, it’s a long-shot, but a hearing is set for Sept. 2.
ESPN calls it a fortunate mistrial:
In a peculiar twist of fate, the judge presiding over Roger Clemens’ perjury trial declared a mistrial. Prosecutors left video evidence that the judge had previously (and explicitly) disallowed in a viewable place in the courtroom. While lawyers argued other points, the jury saw the evidence. Was it intentional, or as the judge called it, a “first-year law student” mistake? The answers to those questions will help determine whether Judge Reggie Walton opts for a new trial, or decides a new trial would constitute double jeopardy and ends the case, giving Clemens a get-out-of-jail-free card.