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Zzzzzzzz: Two jurors have been kicked off the Roger Clemens trial for falling asleep

Kevin Kaduk
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As you may have noticed, we haven't really been featuring many updates on the Roger Clemens trial here on Big League Stew.

In fact, a quick search of the Stew archives reveals that we haven't run any.

There's a variety of reasons for that, but the biggest is that we haven't quite mastered the art of writing in the droning voice of Charlie Brown's teacher. After all, if our eyes glaze over when we see the word "steroids," we can't imagine we'd be able to write anything you'd want to read.

Plus, as Matt Snyder of Eye on Baseball puts it, the case features "a person with the morality of Roger Clemens vs. a government wasting a colossal amount of time and money." It's pretty hard for a casual viewer to become invested in the case's outcome.

At any rate, I feel a little better about our selective omission knowing that not one, but two jurors have been kicked off the case for falling asleep in the courtroom.

From the Associated Press:

Before [Brian] McNamee returned to the stand Tuesday morning, U.S. District Judge Reggie Walton dismissed a second juror for sleeping through part of the proceedings. The juror, a woman who works as a supermarket cashier, said during jury selection she had never heard of Clemens, and that, ''If he did indulge, I believe he should be penalized.''

Her departure leaves 14 jurors, including two alternates. The case started with 16 jurors, including four alternates. A young man was dismissed from the jury last week for falling asleep.

That would seem to be a pretty good indictment of just how boring this Clemens case has been — even to someone who's watching the action from just a few feet away.

Of course, it could also be a creative and efficient use of Benadryl by two sleeping beauties who wanted out of the courtroom. If that's the case, give them credit for at least paying attention to the better living through chemistry aspect of the trial.

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