Clemens juror: 'Why should we believe you?'

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"I haven't either," Hardin said.

The jury has been ushered in and out of the courtroom repeatedly during the trial. At other times, they're subjected to listening to "white noise" from the speakers while the judge and lawyers hold lengthy conferences. They are fully aware that they're not being told everything, and one was curious about an email that had a huge portion blacked out in the middle.

"May the jury see the complete email and the rest of the email trail?" the juror wrote on the card.

The answer was no. The deleted portion dealt with an incident in Florida in 2001, when McNamee was investigated for an alleged sexual assault involving a woman who was found to have a date rape drug in her system. He was not charged. The jury has only been told that McNamee was investigated for a serious offense and lied to investigators, but nothing more.

There was another significant question that was not asked, but it proved a boon to the government. The question: "Did you ever inject any other players with steroids or HGH?"

Clemens' lawyers objected to the word "inject." They already have a concern with the fact that McNamee was allowed to say he "provided" HGH to Clemens teammates Andy Pettitte and Chuck Knoblauch and that he helped another player, Mike Stanton, get those substances.

"That's the whole thing we've been fighting about, is this whole thing of injection," Hardin said.

A compromised was reached. McNamee would be allowed to say he was "present" for their HGH use. Given the chance to question McNamee once more, Butler, the prosecutor, rammed the point home: "Did Mr. Pettitte then use the growth hormone?" ''Were you present when he used it?" ''Did Mr. Knoblauch use the growth hormone?" ''Were you present when he used it?" ''And Mr. Stanton, did Mr. Stanton obtain growth hormone?" ''Were you present when he used it?"

McNamee answered "Yes, sir" six times in a row.

Near the end of the huddle about the jury questions, Hardin was curious. Had Walton ever seen 29 submitted to one witness before?

"That's a record?" Hardin asked.

"That's the most," Walton said.

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