Clemens Pleads Not Guilty

Former Yankee pitching ace Roger Clemens today pleaded not guilty to charges of lying to Congress about whether he used steroids or human growth hormone.

Wearing a dark jacket, brown pants and tie, Clemens appeared in federal court only a few blocks from where he swore under oath to a House committee in 2008 that he had not used performance-enhancing drugs. He did not speak to reporters.

Federal prosecutors didn't believe Clemens' testimony to Congress, and they subsequently charged him with making false statements, perjury and obstruction of Congress.

U.S. District Judge Reggie Walton set an April 5 date for choosing a jury after Clemens entered his plea. Clemens and all-time home run leader Barry Bonds could both begin their day in court next spring, shortly after Opening Day of next year's Major League Baseball season.

Bonds faces charges of lying to a federal grand jury when he said he never knowingly used performance-enhancing drugs.