U.S. District Judge Reggie Walton probably feels like he is living and breathing baseball these days. He is presiding over the case about whether former pitching ace Roger Clemens lied to Congress about not using steroids and human growth hormones, and he comes from the same hometown as baseball superstars Ken Griffey Sr. and Stan Musial.
During a brief court hearing on Wednesday, Walton alerted the lawyers involved in the case that he had run into Griffey Sr. a couple of months ago in their tiny hometown of Donora, Pennsylvania, and that the former outfielder remarked that Clemens was “a good guy.”
Walton said that he told Griffey Sr. that he could not discuss the case with him and that “I don’t believe he was seeking to influence me.” The judge said he wanted to alert both sides about the incident so they had the opportunity to raise any objections they might have.
Clemens’ lead defense lawyer, Rusty Hardin, quipped: “Are we allowed to say amen?”
The prosecutor was a little more circumspect, raising no objection about the incident.