Radomski at court house in Clemens case

January 15, 2009 10:53:45 AM PST
Convicted steroids dealer Kirk Radomski appeared Thursday at the federal court house in Washington where a grand jury is being asked to determine whether Roger Clemens should be indicted on charges of lying to Congress. A former New York Mets' clubhouse attendant, Radomski was sentenced to five years' probation after pleaded guilty to distributing steroids and laundering money. He was escorted out of the restricted-access grand-jury area by an officer shortly before 12:30.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Daniel P. Butler left the grand-jury area shortly thereafter, about two hours after arriving at the court house. Butler would not comment on his way in or out.

Radomski led investigators to Clemens' former personal trainer, Brian McNamee, who told federal agents and baseball investigator George Mitchell that he injected Clemens more than a dozen times with steroids and HGH from 1998-01.

Radomski and McNamee figure to be among the primary witnesses against the seven-time Cy Young Award winner. McNamee, whose Tuesday meeting with federal prosecutors was postponed, last year provided government agents with syringes his lawyers said would link Clemens to drug use.

Congress asked the Justice Department to look into whether Clemens lied last February, when he testified under oath at a deposition and a public House hearing that he never took illegal performance enhancers.

The Justice Department brought the case to a grand jury after an 11-month FBI inquiry. A grand jury, whose proceedings are supposed to remain secret, allows prosecutors to get sworn testimony from witnesses and collect documents.


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