WASHINGTON — Jurors asked for a master list of exhibits – a list that extends well into triple digits – and lawyers laughed about a juror who appeared to doze off during closing arguments as deliberations continued Wednesday in the perjury trial of Roger Clemens.
The eight women and four men met for about 3 ½ hours in the afternoon, an abbreviated day because one of them had a scheduling conflict. They then recessed until Monday, taking a four-day break while U.S. District Judge Reggie Walton travels to New Orleans for a speaking engagement.
While the jury caucused in a separate room, the judge summoned the lawyers to his courtroom for a brief hearing to address several juror-related issues, including the request for the list of exhibits.
Clemens lawyer Rusty Hardin said the defense had its list handy, but prosecutor Steven Durham said the government would need about an hour to produce its list because some items were not introduced during the trial.
It was yet another indication of the scope of the proceedings, and why a quick verdict seemed unlikely. The exhibits – which include documents, video and audio excerpts, photographs and pieces of physical evidence.
Clemens is charged with perjury, making false statements and obstructing Congress. The charges center on his assertion – made at both a hearing and a sworn deposition in 2008 – that he never used steroids and human growth hormone during his baseball career.