The Houston Chronicle gives Roger Clemens some unsolicited legal advice: take this pitch (the 5th) when Congress puts you in the batters box? No not the 5th inning, the 5th amendment.
Roger Clemens might be known for answering the call when it's his turn to pitch, but several legal experts believe he should invoke the Fifth Amendment and refuse to testify about steroid abuse before Congress today and next week. Otherwise, he risks the chance lawmakers could refer him to the Justice Department for criminal investigation.
"As a lawyer, I'd recommend he take the Fifth and be overcautious," said high-profile criminal defense attorney Alan Dershowitz, who also is a Harvard Law School professor. "When Clemens was pitching, he never took the cautious way. He's being consistent with his personality. Of course, his world isn't a legal world; it's the world of halls of fame and reputation."
There you go: that great baseball name Dershowitz says Clemens better keep his bat on his shoulder. Or, will the pitcher hit away?
Clemens' lawyer, Rusty Hardin, agreed that his client logically should invoke his Fifth Amendment privilege to protect himself.
"Dershowitz is right, and just about every attorney in the world will tell you he should take the Fifth because of the risks," Hardin said.
But that's not what Clemens will do, Hardin said Monday.
"Roger is saying (that) what the public thinks of him and his career are important," Hardin said. "And if he takes the Fifth, he lets the Mitchell committee do to him by omission what they've essentially done by commission."
Oy Vay. Maybe Clemens needs an attorney not a PR man in this matter. Roger, check those signals again...