Monday, February 11, 2008

Pettitte Asks To Be Excused From Hearing

According to the New York Times, Andy Pettitte asked to be excused from testifying publicly during the upcoming hearing in Washington DC. Only Pettitte, his attorney and investigators know what is in the lefty's deposition, but legal experts may predict this to be a bad sign for Roger Clemens and his defense team.

From the article:
The chairman of the House Oversight Committee is supporting Andy Pettitte’s request not to have to testify publicly against his former teammate Roger Clemens at a public hearing on Wednesday, a congressional staff person said Monday.

The chairman, Democrat Henry A. Waxman of California, wants to take Pettitte off the witness list but he is consulting with Republican members of the panel first, said the person, who asked to remain anonymous because he was not authorized to speak publicly.

Two other people familiar with the case said it is also possible that Clemens and his accuser, the former trainer Brian McNamee, may be the only witnesses who will ultimately testify on Wednesday.

Pettitte asked out of public testimony because he did not want to say something to hurt his friend and former teammate while in the glare of national television coverage, according to a government official who spoke on condition of anonymity.

There has been no final decision on Pettitte’s request, the official said. A final witness list may be released shortly.

1 comment: said...

Clemens is screwed. At least as a Sox fan, I don't have to worry about him using when he was there.

Not that there aren't players that I suspect...Nomar for one...that played for Boston. I wouldn't be shocked if Papi used.