Lawyer: Wrong forum

MORRIS DALLA COSTA -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 9:57 AM ET

LONDON -- Richard McLaren watched a real-life soap opera unfold on the television screen.

It involved Major League Baseball star Roger Clemens, his former personal trainer Brian McNamee and a Congressional committee trying to decide who is telling the truth and who isn't.

But unlike other soap fans, McLaren, a London lawyer, professor and one of the world's most respected arbitrators, has a good idea of what is going to be said. McLaren was a key contributor to the Mitchell Report, a report put together by Senator George Mitchell looking into the illegal use of steroids and other performance enhancing drugs by baseball players.

'INADEQUATE'

"This is a totally inadequate forum in determining who is telling the truth and who isn't," McLaren said yesterday after watching the hearings. "The most difficult job in the world for a lawyer is to determine the credibility and the truthfulness of a person. That's hard in the traditional judicial forum. In that forum, I don't see how anybody can figure out credibility.

"No (I can't figure it out), I don't think they can either. If they think they can, they are better at it than I am. But I don't think it would be a fair determination."

McLaren didn't do any of the questioning of the high-profile baseball players for the Mitchell Report but investigated baseball's doping control process. His Mitchell Report recommendation that baseball bring in an independent party to test and collect samples is one of the recommendations the baseball establishment refuses to implement.

"I have an intense interest in (the congressional hearings)," McLaren said yesterday. "I do have an insider view of what's going to be said."


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