Clemens ready to fight as perjury trial opens Wed



WASHINGTON (AP) — Roger Clemens’ tenacious pursuit of victory on the pitching mound is re-emerging as he enters federal court this week to fight charges he lied about using drugs

Clemens is charged with perjury, false statements and obstruction of Congress for telling a House committee under oath that he never used performance-enhancing drugs. The record-setting pitcher who once seemed destined for the Hall of Fame now could face prison if 12 jurors agree that he lied.

The trial is scheduled to begin Wednesday and last 4-6 weeks.

Clemens’ defense strategy is to try to discredit his former trainer Brian McNamee, who says he injected Clemens with steroids and human growth hormone. McNamee says he kept the needles, which will be evidence at trial. Clemens’ attorneys say McNamee is a “serial liar.”