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Roger Clemens acquitted on all charges

June 18, 2012 at 1:18 a.m.

Former Major League Baseball pitcher Roger Clemens arrives at federal court Monday, June 18, 2012, in Washington for the verdict in his trial on charges of lying to Congress in 2008 when he denied ever using performance-enhancing drugs.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Roger Clemens has been acquitted on all charges by a jury that decided he didn't lie to Congress when he denied using performance-enhancing drugs.

Jurors returned their verdict Monday after close to 10 hours of deliberation. The outcome brings an end to a 10-week trial that capped an expensive, five-year investigation into one of the greatest pitchers in the history of baseball.

The 49-year-old Clemens was accused of perjury, making false statements and obstructing Congress when he testified at a deposition and at a nationally-televised hearing in February 2008. The charges centered on his repeated denials that he used steroids and human growth hormone during his 24-year career.

The verdict is the latest blow to the government's pursuit of athletes accused of drug use.

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