WASHINGTON --- An overwhelmingly female jury with little interest in baseball will decide whether former pitching star Roger Clemens lied to Congress when he said he never used performance-enhancing drugs.
The jurors who took their seats Tuesday include a woman whose cousin, former outfielder Al Bumbry, was a coach for the Boston Red Sox when Clemens played for the team. Another woman on the jury said she believes Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Michael Vick was "done wrong" in his criminal conviction in connection with dogfighting.
The jury took shape after four days of questioning by U.S. District Judge Reggie Walton and lawyers for both sides. Clemens' defense team said the seven-time Cy Young Award winner will begin his defense by questioning the propriety of lawmakers' investigation into whether Clemens used performance-enhancing drugs. Opening arguments are scheduled for today.
The jury includes a 22-year-old woman who works two part-time jobs and cares for her young daughter and an older woman who said her three-times-a-week dialysis treatments will not keep her from attending the trial.
Another juror is a yoga teacher and lawyer who said she finds U.S. drug laws "a bit heavy-handed."
The jurors were not told who among them are alternates. To keep the panel from encountering the journalists at the courthouse, the judge told them they will meet off site each day, be bused into a back entrance and use nonpublic corridors. They will be served breakfast and lunch in what was once a judge's chambers so they don't have to use the cafeteria where reporters, attorneys and Clemens take their meals.
Clemens sat and watched final jury selection but didn't weigh in and left it to his lawyers to pick who will decide his fate. His wife, Debbie, was back home in Houston with their sons after being in court last week, Clemens' attorney Rusty Hardin said. She will be a witness in her husband's defense and will not be allowed to attend the trial until after she testifies.