But prosecutors say he is lying and broke the law when he made his denials under oath before a congressional committee. Clemens pleaded not guilty and his perjury trial began in July 2011. After just two days, U.S. District Judge Reggie Walton declared a mistrial over inadmissible evidence that prosecutors Steven Durham and Daniel Butler showed to jurors.
Clemens argued the showing of the evidence was a deliberate ploy to invoke a mistrial because the prosecutors' case was going badly. He and his legal team requested that a federal judge throw out the charges against him, but that request was denied and a new trial was scheduled for April 17. If convicted, he faces up to 30 years in prison and a $1.5 million fine.