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Clemens’ DNA found on needles

WASHINGTON - Prosecutors said Wednesday that needles and cotton balls Roger Clemens’ former trainer says he used to inject the star pitcher tested positive for Clemens’ DNA and anabolic steroids - evidence the defense said was faked.

Assistant U.S. attorney Steven Durham revealed the results during opening arguments in the former baseball star’s trial on charges of lying to Congress about using performance-enhancing drugs. Clemens’ attorney, Rusty Hardin, said he won’t dispute that the needles contain Clemens’ DNA and steroids, but accused the trainer Brian McNamee of “mixing’’ it up.

“He manufactured this stuff,’’ Hardin told jurors. “Roger Clemens’ only crime was having the poor judgment to stay connected with Brian McNamee.’’

Hardin said steroids would have been so “incredibly inconsistent with his career and beliefs that there’s no way he would have done it.’’

Clemens has said that the only things McNamee ever injected him with were the common local anesthetic lidocaine for his joints and vitamin B-12 to ward off flu viruses and stay healthy. But Durham said neither substance was found on the needles or cotton swabbed with his blood stains.

Hardin told the jury that the government is “horribly wrong’’ in charging his client with perjury, false statements and obstruction of Congress. Clad in a dark suit, Clemens watched silently from the defense table with a clenched jaw.

“There was a rush to judgment on Roger that has made it impossible for him to be fairly heard until he got here,’’ Hardin said.

“It’s a fact of life that sometimes when people reach the mountain, there is an unwillingness to give them equal consideration when people come down on them,’’ Hardin said. “And that’s what happened with Roger.’’

Hardin showed the jury an enlarged photo of the country with all the sites where federal agents investigated the case. He said it involved 103 law enforcement officers, five attorneys, 229 investigation reports and 72 locations across the continental United States, Germany and Puerto Rico.

“They still didn’t find anything to connect him with steroids except Brian McNamee,’’ Hardin said.

Durham, however, said that about 45 witnesses, including several of Clemens’ former teammates, will help make the case that Clemens used anabolic steroids and human growth hormone.


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클레멘스 재판 시작…DNA 증거 논란

"금지약물과 그의 DNA가 나왔다 " "증거는 모두 조작된 것이다."

로저 클레멘스의 위증혐의 재판이 본격적으로 시작됐다. 첫 날 심리의 가장 큰 논쟁거리는 클레멘스의 DNA와 스테로이드 성분이 함께 검출된 주사기와 소독면 등 물증의 진위 여부.

이 물증은 클레멘스에게 금지약물을 주사했다고 주장한 그의 전 개인트레이너 브라이언 맥나미가 검찰에 제출한 것. DNA 검사 결과 증거물에서는 스테로이드 등 금지약물과 클레멘스의 DNA가 검출됐다.

검찰은 이 점을 배심원들에게 집중적으로 설명하며 클레멘스가 금지약물 주사를 맞았다고 주장했다.

반면 클레멘스 측 변호사 러스티 하딘은 "모든 증거가 조작된 것이며 이는 클레멘스의 기록이 선수 생활 초창기부터 은퇴할 때까지 기복이 없었다는 점이 말해준다"고 반박했다.

특히 하딘 변호사는 브라이언 맥나미가 과거 뉴욕 양키스 원정 숙소에서 벌어진 성폭행 사건과 관련돼 조사를 받은 적이 있는 거짓말쟁이라고 주장하며 배심원을 설득하려 했다.

이에 대해 판사는 배심원들에게 다른 사건들 이야기는 참고하지 말라는 조언을 하기도 했다.

하지만 그같은 주장에 대해 미국 검찰은 맥나미가 증거를 보관한 이유는 훗날 스테로이드 문제가 불거진다면 클레멘스가 자신을 배신할 수도 있다는 우려 때문에 보관한 것이었다고 주장했다.

실제로 맥나미는 처음 조사를 받을 때에는 증거의 존재를 밝히지 않았지만 클레멘스가 `60분`이라는 유명 인터뷰 프로그램을 통해 맥나미의 주장을 거짓으로 몰자 그 증거의 존재를 밝혔다.

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