Feds strike out. Again.
Posted by Professor Mockumental
The book American Icon is a tedious takedown of Roger Clemens as it regards his use of performance enhancing drugs. I read it in 2009, not too long after it was released.
American Icon, as Hillary Clinton might say, is what it is: a vast patchwork of leaks and insider information provided to the writing team (Teri Thompson, Nathaniel Vinton, Michael O’Keeffe, and Christian Red) by government insiders (the anti-doping gurus from the FBI who wasted a similar amount of time and money on Barry Bonds).
And now, about three years after the book’s publication, a jury has cleared Clemens of all six of the perjury charges he faced.
Is Clemens innocent of PED use? Almost certainly not.
Was his trial (let alone his re-trial, which happened “because the government showed jurors evidence that he [the ruling judge] had deemed inadmissible”) a good use of taxpayer money? Absolutely not.
What is the Clemens’ trial a good example of? Humanity’s general fear of loss (of esteem, money, etc.) and a concurrent desire for gain (career, monetary, prestige, etc.), especially when someone else is paying the bills. (And believe it or not, the Justice Department is a subset of humanity.)