Clemens case looks to Toronto

By Rob Gillies
Associated Press / September 10, 2010

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TORONTO — Police searched the offices of the Toronto Blue Jays in June and turned over documents in connection with the perjury case against seven-time Cy Young winner Roger Clemens.

Two officers executed the search and assisted the US Justice Department by forwarding the two boxes they obtained, police spokesman Tony Vella said yesterday.

Vella called it a US investigation and said the Blue Jays cooperated with the court order. He declined to say if medical records were obtained.

Clemens pleaded not guilty last month to charges of lying to Congress about whether he used steroids or human growth hormone. Federal prosecutors didn’t believe Clemens’s testimony, and they charged him with making false statements, perjury, and obstruction of Congress.

Clemens won Cy Young Awards both years he played for Toronto, 1997 and 1998. Most of the accusations against Clemens are based on the word of Brian McNamee, once the Blue Jays’ strength and conditioning coach.

At Clemens’s arraignment last week, government attorney Steven Durham said there was “voluminous’’ scientific evidence that needed to be reviewed before the trial could start, tentatively in April. That presumably includes the syringes McNamee alleges he used to inject the pitcher with drugs. It might also include information from the documents received from the Blue Jays.

McNamee, who also worked with Clemens when he was with the New York Yankees, testified that the pitcher did, in fact, use steroids and HGH.

Clemens, 48, is facing three counts of making false statements, two counts of perjury, and one count of obstruction of Congress. If convicted, he could face between 1-2 years in prison and a $1.5 million fine.

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