Assistant U.S. Attorney Steven Durham

FILE - In this Dec. 8, 2010 file photo, prosecutor Steven Durham leaves court in Washington. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak, File)

April 16, 2012 5:20:14 PM PDT
The chief of the public corruption unit at the U.S. attorney's office in Washington has directed a wide variety of white-collar prosecutions, including one against Riggs Bank that resulted in the largest criminal fine in the history of the Bank Secrecy Act and another against Siemens AG that was the largest corporate prosecution under the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.

Durham also prosecuted baseball player Miguel Tejada, who pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor of misleading congressional investigators who questioned him about steroids. Just two days into Clemens' first trial, Durham played a video from Clemens' 2008 congressional testimony that contained a statement the judge had previously ruled inadmissible, resulting in a mistrial.

When Clemens and his attorneys attempted to have the charges thrown out, claiming the mistrial was deliberate, Durham responded with an emotional attempt to convince the judge it was an inadvertent mistake and he would never purposely violate his orders. The judge sided with prosecution on the matter. There has been no change in the prosecution team despite the error.

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