Roger Clemens is innocent.
He's innocent like O.J. Simpson was innocent.
He's innocent like the cops that brutally beat up the late Rodney King were innocent.
He's innocent of taking steroids like fellow ex-major leaguer Barry Bonds was innocent.
A jury in Washington, D.C. on Monday acquitted Clemens of six charges related to lying to Congress about taking performance-enhancing drugs.
Juries also found Simpson innocent in 1995 of killing his estranged wife and her friend, those police officers in 1992 of using undue force on King, and didn't convict Bonds last year on most of the charges involving ingesting steroids and human growth hormones.
It makes us wonder that if he were living in this country today, whether Cain could have lawyered up and persuaded a jury that he hadn't bumped off his brother, Abel.
Getting 12 people to say you did it _ particularly in a high-profile case _ is becoming increasingly difficult, bordering upon impossible.
Perhaps it's the phrase "beyond a reasonable doubt" that so often gets in the way of justice. When does "reasonable" become "absurd"? All it took in the Bonds case was one juror who held out on all but one charge.
Around here, the livelihoods of merchants and others greatly depend upon the Hall of Fame inductions in Cooperstown luring tourists to attend the July ceremony.
Clemens, a former Yankees and Red Sox player, would be big business, and he has been acquitted in a court of law. Whether he is vindicated will rely greatly upon the votes this January by the Baseball Writers' Association of America.
Clemens will be on the ballot to enter the Hall of Fame. So will Bonds and another suspected steroid abuser with Hall-worthy statistics, Mike Piazza.
Included in the instructions sent to the baseball writers is this character clause:
"Voting shall be based upon the player's record, playing ability, integrity, sportsmanship, character and contribution to the team(s) on which the player played."
It takes 75 percent of the writers' votes to gain admission to the Hall without a ticket. Last year, steroid-tainted Mark McGwire received less than 20 percent, and Rafael Palmeiro 12.6 percent.
While it is true that among the "legends" in the Hall of Fame are a number of wife-beaters, drunks and racists, we hope that the writers don't glorify those they believe cheated, despite what a jury may have decided.
It is our opinion that it stretches credulity far beyond the breaking point to believe that Bonds and Clemens were clean.
When parents take their kids to the Hall of Fame, they should expect to see plaques honoring heroes ... rather than cheaters who had persuasive lawyers.
Roger Clemens is innocent.
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