Re: Roger Clemens is going to be retried for perjury in April.
posted at 9/8/2011 1:19 AM EDT
In Response to Re: Roger Clemens is going to be retried for perjury in April.:
In Response to Re: Roger Clemens is going to be retried for perjury in April. : Let's get the horse before the cart here. The courts (or Congress) has the legal right to subpoena anybody - you, me, anybody, but they usually confine their subpoenas to those who have information vital to the crime they're investigating. And when those people are subpoenaed they have to confirm UNDER OATH that they're telling the truth. To get really basic about it, the court system is based on people's doing their civic duty by telling the truth in their testimony. However, in the real world people will often NOT tell the truth, even when under oath. That's why perjury is a crime and proven perjury can result in a stay in a less-than-enjoyable hotel, funded by the government. :-)
Posted by S5
I'd like to tell you a true story, and you can tell me what you think about it.
I was on jury duty and was one of a large group of people to possibly be selected for the jury in a drug trial. For whatever reason, instead of selecting 12 possible members and questioning them, they questioned all of us at once in the courtroom. They asked if anyone would have a problem serving on the jury. I said I thought drugs should be legalized. They completely cleared the courtroom of other people, except for the prosecuting attorneys, the defendants, the defense attorneys -- and me. They put me on the stand, and both sides began grilling me with questions. IMO I should have been excused because of that comment, at the very least by the prosecuting attorneys, but, apparently, they didn't want to do that.
They asked me questions like, "If you're presented with evidence are you saying you wouldn't convict them because of what you believe?" I said, "I never said that. I'm just tired of hearing and reading about teenages being sent to jail for experimenting with drugs and getting huge prison sentences." That was one of the many questions they were asking me, most of which I said, "I already answered that". I, personally, couldn't believe the prosecution was so determined to keep me there. It was ridiculous. Did I mention that they hadn't even selected 12 people yet? They had me on the stand, and everything I was saying was being documented. I felt like I needed a lawyer. All they kept doing was asking me more questions.
Finally, I just turned and gave the judge a look like...are you kidding me with this? When are you going to jump in here? Only then, did he finally say I was dismissed, and could leave. I got up, and the defense jumped up and said, "No, We want her!" I rolled my eyes, and I looked at the judge, and believe me I wasn't happy, and he said no, she's free to go. I was finally able to get up and leave. I was about two seconds aways from telling them all to go to hell, judge included, which probably would have put me in jail. lol