Bryan Hoss: Roger Clemens Jury Selection—One Thing Is Clear, Both Sides Want Women, But Why?

Friday, April 27, 2012 - by Bryan Hoss

Roger Clemens and the United States have now selected two different juries within the past year and to date, not one citizen of the United States has deliberated as to whether Roger Clemens is guilty of any crime.

Last year, Clemens’ defense team headed by Rusty Hardin, as well as United States prosecutors selected a jury of ten (10) women and two (2) men.  The panel included a yoga teacher, a lawyer who testified that the US drug laws were “a bit heavy handed,” an Eagles fan who thought that Michael Vick was “done wrong,” a cousin to a former major league baseball player and coach, and a retired Mason whose son and daughter-in-law were both police officers in D.C.  Ten (10) of the twelve (12) jurors were African American.  Two (2) were white.  Most jurors did not know of Clemens or know much about him.  Jury selection took four (4) days to complete.[1]  And as everyone knows, the case ended in a mistrial.

During the second jury selection, the Government and Clemens again selected ten (10) women but also six (6) men (four (4) of these are alternates).  These included a retired political science professor, a teacher for deaf children, a Treasury Department official, a Metro security officer and at least one lawyer.  Jury selection took five (5) days this time.[2]  The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported that one potential juror was questioned for 68 minutes and another for 64 minutes and neither made the cut.[3]

Why the preference for women?  Is Roger Clemens that good looking?  Do women not understand science?  Are they more forgiving or know less about sports?  Or are they more intelligent and pay attention better because this might be a long trial?  Are they better judges of character than men?

One of Rusty Hardin’s themes during his opening statement was to call Roger Clemens’ case the“tale of two men.”[4] The two men are Roger Clemens and his former strength coach, Brian McNamee.  Who’s telling the truth, right?  Who better to sit in judgment of two men than women?  It is a bit ironic that such a testosterone filled Clemens who once stared down Mike Piazza from the pitcher’s mound after throwing the ball at him and is accused of injecting anabolic steroids into his body to grow bigger, stronger and faster will ultimately allow the opposite sex to sit in his judgment.  Mistake?  Only the jury verdict will tell….

Sources:





Tennessee Wesleyan Defeats Georgia Northwestern, 95-67

A flurry of three-pointers by the Tennessee Wesleyan University JV squad late in the first half proved to be a big blow for the Georgia Northwestern Bobcats as they dropped a  95-67  decision on the road  Tuesday  afternoon in Athens. The Bobcats stayed within striking distance for most of the first half and trailed by just eight points with just ... (click for more)

Major League Baseball Gives Former Braves General Manager Lifetime Suspension

Former Braves general manager John Coppolella has been banned for life by Major League Baseball as part of discipline handed down by the league Tuesday for major infractions committed in the international free-agent market. In addition, special assistant Gordon Blakeley has been suspended for one year. In handing down the punishment, the league announced that Braves ... (click for more)

City Council Votes On 1st Reading To Lower Rain Retention Requirement In South Chickamauga Creek Basin

The City Council on Tuesday voted to lower the requirement for rainwater retention in the South Chickamauga Creek basin. The move from holding the first 1.6 inches to one inch had been requested by the Home Builders Association and the Berke administration. Sandy Kurtz, longtime leader of the South Chickamauga Creek Greenway Alliance, said the resolution was "not yet ready ... (click for more)

Former Pilot Regional Account Specialist Says Former President Mark Hazelwood Approved Of Fraud

When well-known attorney Rusty Hardin on Tuesday asked a former Pilot regional account specialist if she believed that former president Mark Hazelwood knew of a plan to cheat trucking firms he didn't get the answer he expected. Holly Radford told a jury in Chattanooga, "I know he had knowledge of the rebate schemes that were going on. "I had conversations with him about it ... (click for more)

Thankful For Tennessee

While Christmas reigns supreme as a holiday marking the birth of our Lord, I have always felt a special connection with Thanksgiving. These days Christmas unfortunately includes ubiquitous commercialism which can distract us from the true meaning of the day. Thanksgiving stands apart from all that. This day gives us an opportunity to reflect and take stock of our many blessings.  ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Thanksgiving Eve

I don’t know who was the first to do the Famous Pregnant Turkey prank but I’ll bet you a handful of giblets there will be a lot of copycats who try it today. The trick is finding a Cornish hen that is small enough to stuff inside the larger turkey. Then you skillfully pack the bird with some of that sausage-sage dressing and put your Thanksgiving dinner in the oven. When all ... (click for more)