As one high-profile court case ends, another steps up to take its place. The jury selection process began for Roger Clemons' perjury trial Wednesday. Clemens, a former Major League Baseball pitcher, is on trial for allegedly lying during a House committee meeting in 2008 on steroid use in professional baseball. Clemens told congress he never knowingly took performance enhancing drugs, only to have former trainer Brian McNamee tell congress during the same meeting that he injected Clemens with steroids and that Clemens knew exactly what he was taking. Oops! So now Judge Reggie Walton, the same judge from the Scooter Libby trial, is presiding over the case, and the search for jury selection looks like it's going to be a drawn out affair. Each potential juror is interviewed personally and asked 82 questions that might disqualify him or her from serving. David Epstein and T.J. Quinn tweeted some of the questions from the courtroom Wednesday afternoon. As Business Insider points out, some of them are a little silly. Who are we to judge, though. We're not lawyers. But we do like games, so let's see who could possibly go through some of the gauntlet interview and see if you qualify to serve on this trial:
Do you know who Roger Clemens is? Probably, unless you're under the age of 15. Clemens retired from a 23 year baseball career in 2007, and won a record seven Cy Young awards. Despite being an almost sure-thing for the Hall of Fame, two out the first six people interviewed didn't know who he was, but were able to identify Judge Walton because of the Libby trial. Washington is a strange, scary place.
Have you ever been to a Major League Baseball game? Professional baseball didn't come to Washington until 2005, when the Montreal Expos moved there to become the Washington Nationals. There are teams in the surrounding area, but let's go with this. No one in Washington ever went to a baseball game until 2005.
Do you have strong feelings about congress? Do I ever!
Are you, or is anyone in your family, a professional athlete? Only if media softball counts.
Do you know a lot about biology or sports science? This question basically boils down to, "what kind of science classes did you take in high school?"
The only other major question offered was, "Has Clemens been tried and convicted in the court of public opinion?" and at least one candidate said yes. One lawyer said he "didn't know how bad a lawyer he was until he watched ESPN." Jury selection is to resume Thursday morning, but could go until Monday at least, according to The Washington Post.