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Not half way to a jury in Clemens perjury trial

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FILE - In this Dec. 8, 2010, file photo, former Major League Baseball pitcher Roger Clemens arrives at court in Washington. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak, File) By Charles Dharapak FILE - In this Dec. 8, 2010, file photo, former Major League Baseball pitcher Roger Clemens arrives at court in Washington. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak, File) By Charles Dharapak

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Roger Clemens is still not half way to getting a jury in his perjury trial.

Jury selection continues Monday in Washington federal court, where the ex-pitcher has been intensely watching questioning of potential panelists.

Thirty-six people need to be qualified before government and defense lawyers use their preemptory challenges to narrow the panel to 12 jurors and four alternates. Eighteen were qualified last week. Eleven were turned away for reasons including medical issues, an inability to commit to a trial expected to last into August and biases against either Clemens or Congress for even investigating drugs in baseball.

Clemens is charged with six felonies for telling Congress under oath that he never used performance-enhancing drugs. He stands by the denial, but prosecutors say they can prove that is a lie.

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