The Justice Department has filed its first criminal charges related to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill of 2010. The accused person is not charged with criminal liability in causing the spill itself, described as the worst environmental disaster in U.S. history, but with federal obstruction of justice by allegedly deleting text messages sent and received through his cell phone.
Last week, a 16-year veteran of the Pittsburgh police force was arrested and arraigned on charges of promoting prostitution, purchasing drugs, insurance fraud, making false reports to law enforcement and obstruction of justice.
Former Major League Baseball pitcher Roger Clemens saw a premature end to his perjury trial after a judge declared a mistrial. With a new trial still possible, U.S. District Judge Reggie Walton struck down the case after the prosecution presented evidence to the jury that the judge had already thrown out.
Former Pittsburgh Pirate outfielder Barry Bonds was convicted of federal charges related to his testimony about steroid use in baseball earlier this month. Roger Clemens is facing similar charges in federal court. In December, we noted that Clemens' trial was being postponed in order for his defense team to review the approximately 54,000 pages of evidence that could be used against him in his trial. Clemens is facing obstruction and perjury charges regarding testimony about his use of performance enhancing drugs he gave in Congressional hearings in 2008.
Last week, a federal jury convicted former Pittsburgh Pirate Barry Bonds for a single count of obstruction of justice. Bonds was convicted of the federal offense, though the jury became deadlocked regarding three other charges involving whether Bonds lied to a grand jury regarding an investigation of steroid use in sports.
Roger Clemens, the former Major League pitcher who won 354 games in his 24-season career, won a small victory in court today- three more months to prepare his defense against federal felony charges. Clemens is accused of lying to Congress in February 2008 when he denied using performance-enhancing drugs, including steroids and human growth hormone (HGH.)