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Judge refuses to strike Pettitte testimony

3 years ago May 14, 2012 May 14, 2012 Monday, May 14 2012 Monday, May 14, 2012 9:22:20 AM EDT in News
Source: Associated Press

WASHINGTON - Roger Clemens has lost two legal moves in his perjury trial: his efforts to strike the testimony of his former teammate Andy Pettitte and to bring in information from the divorce of his chief accuser, Brian McNamee.

U.S. District Judge Reggie Walton rejected a defense motion Monday to strike Pettitte's testimony about a contested conversation a dozen years ago about human growth hormone.

Pettitte testified two weeks ago that Clemens said he had used HGH - only to say under cross-examination he might have misunderstood their conversation. Walton ruled that because Pettitte had said under questioning from prosecutors that Clemens said he used HGH, it was up to the jury to decide which how much weight to give Pettitte's testimony.

Walton also granted motions filed by McNamee and his estranged wife's law firm to quash a Clemens subpoena for divorce records. The judge called the subpoena a "fishing expedition."

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