The not guilty verdict in the Roger Clemens trial this week was big news well outside of the sports world.
It marked yet another high-profile case against a famous person that the federal government has sought, and failed, to convict on criminal charges. It also came on the heels of the Justice Department’s failure to get a guilty verdict, a few weeks back, of former vice-presidential candidate John Edwards.
While some sports writers, like Mike Lupica, lambasted the government for its weak case against Clemens, other observers, such as Washington Post columnist Mike Wise, reeled about how Clemens was able to walk, in part, because he was famous.
Still others have opined that Justice Department lawyers unfairly bring such cases against celebrities because they are headline-grabbing cases.
So, what do you think? Is the government incompetent at bringing such cases against the rich and famous, or are we Americans too star-struck by famous people to make them pay for their crimes? Take our poll on this issue and share your thoughts in our comments.