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The Roger Clemens Fiasco: What the Hell Just Happened?

Explaining the mistrial in three easy steps

Updated: July 14, 2011, 3:34 PM ET
By Dan McLaughlin

If you're a baseball fan half-watching the news reports from the Roger Clemens trial, you probably have a lot of questions right now. Like: Didn't the trial just start? How did it end so quickly? What the hell is a mistrial anyway? The Baseball Crank is happy to answer them for you. 1. How Mistrials Work

The simple legal explanation is that a mistrial occurs when something goes wrong during a trial that would make it impossible to uphold a guilty verdict. Rather than waste time ...

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