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Apparently, We Live In A World Where Perjury Is A ‘Big Waste Of Time’

You could see this coming.

The Casey Anthony verdict caused complete chaos across the country on Monday. Cable news networks absolutely lost their minds — I hope you saw the MSNBC reporter ask a 9-year-old girl outside the courthouse, “Do You Understand This?” That’s some solid journalism there, guy.

As people were equating Casey to O.J. Simpson, I was wondering if some sports scribe would try to tie this trial in with the Roger Clemens perjury trial, which began jury selection this week.

Unfortunately, the New York Post’s Mike Vaccaro didn’t let me down. In a one-sentence paraphrase, here’s how he basically did it: Clemens trial is a terrible misuse of time and resources since Caylee Anthony’s killer hasn’t yet been found.

“Caylee Anthony is dead. And nobody has yet been forced to answer for it.

“This was the kind of case that merited all the time, all the attention and all the energy of our judicial system. A 2-year-old girl drowns, her body is tossed in the woods, a suspect is arrested, arraigned, indicted, tried. This is why lawyers are paid handsomely, why judges and juries are empanelled, why taxpayer dollars are spent. 

“In this moment, frankly, it is difficult to build an angry lather about Roger Clemens … . Is it really in the interest of justice — justice as we know it, justice that is supposed to protect us from murderers and rapists and arsonists and scam artists — to discover, once and for all, if he lied to Congress? Is it really worth the hours, and the effort, and the dollars, to try to put Roger Clemens in jail for more than what would be a huge dose of shock value?”

Roger Clemens’ perjury trial isn’t as compelling or dramatic as Anthony’s murder trial. It’s not the greatest use of the legal system ever. If I had to ever choose between trying a suspected child murderer or a federal liar, I would pick the former 100 percent of the time. And it’s very unfortunate that, according to a jury of Casey Anthony’s peers, her daughter’s killer is still on the loose.

But that doesn’t mean cases that are less violent and less emotional are now insignificant until closure is reached in Caylee’s murder. The justice system doesn’t just stop for one child’s death. You know, you might find his a little funny, but Congress doesn’t look too highly upon those who lie to it. And guess what? That has something in common with murder: Both are illegal. They are on two different planes when it comes to emotion, but that “i” word carries a lot of weight.

I think people look at the Clemens case as frivolous because of who he is. Roger Clemens is a rich public figure who made his millions by playing a game. The feeling is that government should be more concerned with other issues than trying to nail a baseball player for lying about his drug use. But the status of the indicted figure shouldn’t matter; private or public, you are not allowed to Congress. And unlike the Barry Bonds fiasco, there’s a pretty healthy case being built to say that Clemens did just that.

I don’t know if Casey Anthony is truly innocent or was the beneficiary of a poor decision. Reasonable doubt leaves considerable room for error. But that’s inconsequential here. Regardless of the decision in that case, there are criminals to punish. Robbers, carjackers, fraudsters, drug dealers, perjurers, etc, etc. They may not be child murderers, but our justice system doesn’t exist to solely punish them and absolve everyone else.

A mother-daughter murder case is over. Roger Clemens is going on trial because it is believed that he committed multiple felonies, including federal obstruction and perjury. The fact that he did it without causing grave physical harm to someone else is OK. It doesn’t make what he allegedly did any more legal.

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