Judge irked at Clemens family tweets

Former Major League Baseball pitcher Roger Clemens arrives with his wife Debbie for the first day...

Former Major League Baseball pitcher Roger Clemens arrives with his wife Debbie for the first day of his perjury trial, at the federal courthouse in Washington, July 6, 2011. (REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst)

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The judge in the Roger Clemens trial said he is disturbed that the former pitcher's family members are using the Internet to disparage prosecution witnesses, the New York Daily News reports.

"It doesn't help the process if that kind of information is being disseminated," U.S. District Court Judge Reggie Walton said Tuesday. "I hope nobody reads it because it's very troubling."

Janet Johnson, one of Clemens' sisters, posted messages on Twitter attacking the prosecution's chief witness, Brian McNamee, as well as former Yankee Andy Pettitte, and Pettitte's father, Tom, the Daily News said.

Walton said he was especially bothered to read that Johnson claimed (incorrectly) that Tom Pettitte had been proven to have used steroids.

Last week, Clemens' niece, Kirbie Johnson, attacked McNamee on her blog and one of Clemens' sons, Kacy Clemens, tweeted that the family was ready for "battle."

Opening statements are expected Wednesday in the perjury trial against Clemens.

Twelve jurors, 10 women and two men, were seated Tuesday in Walton's Washington courtroom.

Clemens is charged with lying to Congress at a hearing held by the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee nearly three years ago.

Clemens' defence team is expected to target that hearing and whether it was the responsibility of Congress to intervene in the matter of whether Clemens was truthful when he said he never used steroids, human-growth hormone or performance-enhancing drugs of any kind, ESPN reported Tuesday.

Clemens said he had been injected with vitamin B-12, not PEDs, by McNamee, his long-time trainer.


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