Clemens pleads not guilty to charge of lying to Congress

Baseball great maintains he never used performance-enhancing drugs

Seven-time Cy Young winner Roger Clemens pleaded not guilty Monday to charges of making false statements, perjury and obstruction of Congress when testifying about whether he used steroids or human growth hormone. Clemens first swore under oath to a House committee in 2008 that he has never used performance-enhancing drugs, but his former trainer and a former teammate both said Clemens told them he used steroids and HGH. If convicted, Clemens could face a US$1.5 million fine and up to 30 years in prison, though under U.S. sentencing guidelines he would probably face a sentence of no more than 15 to 21 months. U.S. District Judge Reggie Walton set an April 5 date for choosing a jury at the arraignment.

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