Judge raps Congress for keeping Clemens recording

WASHINGTON (AP) ? The perjury trial of pitching great Roger Clemens has begun.

U.S. District Judge Reggie Walton turned immediately Wednesday to selecting a jury from a pool of 125 Washington residents. The judge has said he hopes to find 12 jurors and four alternates by early next week for a trial that is expected to last into August.

Like other players who have been indicted in baseball’s steroids era, Clemens has not been charged with drug crimes, but is accused of lying about drug use. Clemens told a House committee under oath in 2008 that he never used performance-enhancing drugs during a standout career in which he won a record seven Cy Young Awards as his league’s top pitcher.

Clemens won 354 games during a career that spanned nearly a quarter-century.