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Patch's Poll: Why Do You Think Roger Clemens Got The Not Guilty Verdict?

Was it incompetence on the part of the U.S. Justice Department? Or is it did he just get to walk because he's a famous baseball star?

The not guilty verdict in the Roger Clemens trial this week was big news well outside of the sports world.

It marked yet another high-profile case against a famous person that the federal government has sought, and failed, to convict on criminal charges.

It also came on the heels of the Justice Department’s failure to get a guilty verdict, a few weeks back, of former vice-presidential candidate John Edwards.

While some sports writers, like Mike Lupica, lambasted the government for its weak case against Clemens, other observers, such as Washington Post columnist Mike Wise, reeled about how Clemens was able to walk, in part, because he was famous.

Still others have opined that Justice Department lawyers unfairly bring such cases against celebrities because they are headline-grabbing cases.

So, what do you think? Is the government incompetent at bringing such cases against the rich and famous, or are we Americans too star-struck by famous people to make them pay for their crimes? Take our poll on this issue and share your thoughts in our comments.

richard dwyer June 21, 2012 at 11:27 AM
because he was a big star he got off.
Lou June 21, 2012 at 12:27 PM
Because A. He is not guilty and B. The DOJ thrives on newsworthy cases in which they don't have substantial evidence. Just like the EHPD fiasco. After all the $$$$ spent, those officers will walk, as they should.
Flowers June 21, 2012 at 12:39 PM
I agree Lou. Our government spends too much time suing its own citizens but doesn't like it if we interrogate it. See current Fast and Furious issue.
Steve Haag June 21, 2012 at 02:22 PM
It is a shame in this country that innocent people must defend them selves at their own expense for crimes they are not convicted of.
Lisa June 21, 2012 at 02:54 PM
The Patch uses this poll about a celebrity baseball player as a distraction from real issues affecting the country. How about poll regarding Eric Holders involvement in the death of a Federal Agent and two Arizona Sherrifs Deputies?

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