WASHINGTON — A jury of 10 women and two men will decide whether ex-baseball star Roger Clemens lied to Congress when he said he never used performance-enhancing drugs. Four other people were seated as alternate jurors in case any of the 12 can’t serve.
The jurors themselves were not told which seats were occupied by alternates and were told by the judge to avoid news reports or discussions outside the courtroom.
Prosecutors and Clemens’ defense team removed 20 people from the pool during four days of questioning by U.S. District Judge Reggie Walton. Opening arguments are scheduled for Wednesday.
According to information from public statements by the jurors themselves or statements about them by attorneys in the case during jury selection, the panel includes:
Seat 2: Male, retired painter, plasterer and mason for Smithsonian Institution. Son and daughter-in-law are D.C. police officers. Previously served on a jury in a murder case.
Seat 3: Female, married, retired public schools counselor. Last attended professional baseball game at Griffith Stadium, once home of the Washington Senators, who left town decades ago.
Seat 4: Female, 55, yoga teacher/lawyer. Not a huge baseball fan. Would recommend against steroid use, saying, “We tend to be vegetarian. We don’t encourage the use of artificial hormones.” Worked at U.S. attorney’s office in Portland, Ore., in law school nearly 30 years ago. Finds U.S. drug laws “a bit heavy-handed.”
Seat 5: Female, in her 50s, married, guest services manager at a mall. Says father was a strict but fair parole officer.
Seat 7: Female, married, management analyst. A Philadelphia Eagles fan who says she knows nothing about baseball. Thinks Eagles quarterback Michael Vick, who was convicted for his role in dogfighting, “was done wrong.” Nephew was convicted of drug-related crime.
Seat 8: Female Postal Service carrier for 14 years, previously at Library of Congress. Never heard of Clemens or seen a baseball game.
Seat 9: Female, early 60s, 44-year civilian employee of Marine Corps. A passionate Washington Redskins football fan; no interest in baseball.
Seat 10: Female who used to work at the souvenir stand in the Capitol. First cousin is Al Bumbry, the former player who was a coach for the Boston Red Sox when Clemens played for the team. Hasn’t been to a game since the Senators played at Griffith Stadium. On dialysis 3 days a week, but that won’t stop her from attending the trial.
Seat 11: Male, part-time home health aide. Says he once was victim of stabbing and assault but did not press charges. Witnessed two shootings from grandmother’s bedroom window. Roots for the Baltimore Orioles and San Francisco Giants. Says he will be “very, very fair in this case.”
Seat 13: Female, 22, lives with her parents and nearly 2-year-old daughter. Parents both work for Marriott. She works two part-time jobs; wants to design her own fashion line.
Seat 14: Female, late 40s, married, with children ages 13 and 10. Trained as graphic artist. Worked for eight years as an investigator for cousin and Washington-based lawyer. Cases included drugs, murder and prostitution. Not a baseball fan. Likes the Cowboys in football.
Seat 16: Female, lawyer for Federal Communications Commission involved in TV station licensing. Husband also is a lawyer; they have one son. Says she looked up Clemens on Internet after husband told her she might be on his jury. Has no trial or criminal law experience, but close friend is married to prominent defense lawyer. Once worked with personal trainer, but says they never discussed dietary supplements. Says she doesn’t know how to turn on TV at home.
Seat 1: Female, 20-year employee of U.S. Department of Transportation, college graduate. A Pittsburgh Steelers fan who does not follow baseball.
Seat 6: Female, 47, civilian Navy employee. Spent 11 years on active duty in the Marines, rising to rank of sergeant. Left because of a knee injury. Studying for doctorate in organizational management. Has heard of admitted steroids user and potential witness Jose Canseco only because of his appearance on NBC’s “Celebrity Apprentice.”
Seat 12: Male, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency employee. An avid cyclist who previously lived in Houston and Dallas. About steroids, says, “There seems to be a gray area of what is legal and not legal.”
Seat 15: Male, employed by area public schools system in bus garage. North Carolina native moved to Washington area 25 years ago looking for work. Doesn’t know what position Clemens played or his former teams. Says he was bothered by indecisive fellow juror on another criminal case who kept jury from reaching a verdict.