There was one exchange in which Hardin wanted to know why McNamee didn't tip off Clemens after being contacted by federal authorities. McNamee said Clemens never asked.
Hardin: "How could he ask if he didn't know?"
McNamee: "How could I answer if he didn't ask?"
Hardin: "You're serious?"
At another point, when Hardin was switching topics at a fast and furious pace, McNamee turned his palms up and said: "You're going from articles to emails — I'm trying to keep up, man."
Later, as Hardin was trying to pin another lie on him, McNamee responded: "I'm having a problem with the 'lie' thing."
Then, when explaining why he decided to cooperate with federal authorities, McNamee said: "They would have had an opportunity to lock me up for lying." But Hardin mistook McNamee's thick New York accent, thinking McNamee said "life" instead of "lying." Hardin started to make a big deal of the comment until McNamee corrected him.
The sputtering pace of the trial, now in its fifth week, is taking a noticeable toll on the jury. Two members of the panel already have been dismissed for sleeping, leaving 12 jurors and two alternates. Walton emerged from a morning break and said they've been asking again how long the trial will last.
Walton sounded incredulous when the government responded that it had 14 more witnesses to call, which would bring its total to 26. The judge then told the jury that he expects the trial to last through at least June 8.
With the jury out of earshot, the judge said "someone's going to pay the price" for the slow pace, but Walton said he couldn't tell which side it would be. Then he segued into a critique of Hardin's all-over-the-place questioning.
"It's confusing everybody," Walton said, "but I don't think it's making much of a point."
Associated Press writer Frederic J. Frommer contributed to this report.
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