Hardin led Novitzky through a date-by-date summation of the investigation of Radomski and then McNamee. Hardin called into question how a search warrant served on Radomski's house in December 2005 didn't turn up a shipping label that the lawyer said would later "magically" surface — a label that allegedly was used to send performance-enhancing drugs to McNamee at Clemens' house.
But Walton quickly withdrew "magically" when the prosecution objected to the word.
Hardin also raised questions about the deal made with McNamee when McNamee began cooperating with federal investigators and later with former Sen. George Mitchell, who put together the independent 2007 Mitchell Report on performance-enhancing drug use in professional baseball. McNamee has not faced any charges in connection with the drugs-in-sports investigation.
"Would you agree that it is incredibly unusual for law enforcement to make a deal with a drug dealer that he won't be charged if he goes to a private organization and helps them with their investigation?" Hardin asked.
The government again objected, so Novitzky didn't answer — but Hardin had again made his point to the jury by merely asking the question.
Novitzky returns to the stand when the trial resumes Monday. Toward the end of the day, Walton again bemoaned its "slow, agonizing pace," then took a poke at the attorneys with a quote from Shakespeare.
"Thou doth protest too much," the judge said.
Associated Press writer Frederic J. Frommer contributed to this report.
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