Report: Syringes shown at Clemens trial

Fox News on May 3, 2012 released the following:

“Federal prosecutors presented needles, syringes and bloody cotton balls that they claim show pitching legend Roger Clemens used performance-enhancing drugs, USA Today reported Thursday.

Jeff Novitzky, a special agent for the Food and Drug Administration’s Office of Investigation, took the stand to outline the evidence he says was given to him in January 2008 by Clemens’ former trainer, Brian McNamee.

Novitzky, a former IRS agent, was involved in previous steroid investigations, including the BALCO case which involved baseball home run king Barry Bonds and Olympic sprinter Marion Jones.

The government must prove Clemens’ steroid use in order to show he committed perjury in 2008 by testifying before Congress that he never used performance-enhancing drugs.

McNamee stashed cotton balls, allegedly with Clemens’ blood on them, in a beer can for years along with used needles and vials alleged to have contained steroids.

Prosecutor Steve Durham sought to show the jury that Novitzky was meticulous in his handling of the crucial evidence.

But defense attorney Rusty Hardin called it a “hodgepodge of garbage” that could have easily been tampered with before it was given to Novitzky.

Hardin also questioned the motives of McNamee, who is scheduled to testify next week, suggesting he could have lied about injecting Clemens in order to avoid prosecution.

On Wednesday, the government’s case against Clemens took a major hit when Yankees pitcher Andy Pettitte said he was only 50 percent sure that the seven-time Cy Young winner told him he used human growth hormone.

Prosecutors were relying on Pettitte’s testimony to go along with McNamee’s claims and the purported physical evidence presented Thursday.

Clemens, 49, has steadfastly denied ever using performance-enhancing drugs. If convicted on all charges, he could face 15 to 21 months in prison under federal sentencing guidelines.”

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