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Clemens, Bonds sagas are too familiar

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BASEBALL: Federal prosecutors did poor job in both players’ trials

NEW YORK (AP) — Seems you can’t put a baseball star on trial without a mistrial.
Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens remain perfectly bookended, each with seven major awards, one mistrial and no guilty verdict assured of sticking.
Victor Conte, whose Bay Area Laboratory Co-Operative sparked the government investigations of drugs and athletes, has had enough.
“It’s a huge waste of federal taxpayer dollars at this point,” he said Thursday during a telephone interview with The Associated Press. “I don’t know the tab, but probably tens of millions of dollars at this point.”
Three months and a day after Bonds walked out of a San Francisco court room following a three-week trial and a muddled verdict that could result in a retrial, Clemens hustled out of a Washington, D.C., court room when a judge ruled federal prosecutors botched their case on Day 2, saying they made a mistake unworthy of a “first-year law student.”
As baseball’s gray eminence, Yogi Berra, would say, “it’s like deja vu all over again.”
When facing off against baseball players and their best-in-the-business legal teams, the Justice Department has struggled.


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