Did White House guards accept Clemens' gifts?

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Did White House guards accept Clemens' gifts?

From Comcast SportsNet Tuesday, August 16, 2011
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Security guards at the federal courthouse in Washington are under investigation for accepting baseballs autographed by star pitcher Roger Clemens after his criminal trial. The guards are not allowed to accept gifts from a criminal defendant. But the U.S. Marshals Service said in a statement, first reported Tuesday by The Washington Post, that it appears up to six baseballs were given to a guard who distributed them to four or five colleagues. The Marshals Service said it became aware of the allegations a week ago and immediately asked Pasadena, Calif.-based Inter-Con Security, the contractor that employs the court security officers, to investigate. Inter-Con chief operating officer Lance Mueller said the investigation is still ongoing and the company hopes to wrap it up soon, but the company has very high standards for not accepting gifts. "It's unacceptable," Mueller said in a telephone interview. Clemens went through security just like any other member of the public entering the courthouse during the six days of his trial last month on charges of lying about using performance-enhancing drugs. But a team of security guards escorted him out of the building through a throng of media when Judge Reggie Walton suddenly declared a mistrial after prosecutors showed inadmissible evidence. Walton has yet to rule on whether Clemens should face another trial.

Raiders' loss to Chiefs puts Patriots in AFC driver's seat

Raiders' loss to Chiefs puts Patriots in AFC driver's seat

FOXBORO - The Patriots got a desired outcome Thursday night when the Chiefs handed the Raiders their third loss of the season. 

The 21-13 loss dropped Oakland and KC into a tie atop the AFC West at 10-3 but the Chiefs, by virtue of beating Oakland twice this season, have the divisional tiebreaker. Oakland went from the top seed in the AFC to the fifth spot.

More importantly around here, the Patriots now are in position to win out and claim the AFC’s No. 1 seed. 

Prior to the Raiders loss, Oakland would have been the top seed if both they and the Patriots won out.  Now, the 10-2 Patriots have a leg up on the rest of the conference. The Raiders’ road stays tough. They are at San Diego and Denver and host the Colts. 

The Chiefs have a more favorable close to the season with home games against Tennessee and Denver before their season finale at San Diego. 

The Patriots’ road over the final four is no picnic though, beginning with the Ravens and at Denver before the last two hosting the Jets and traveling to Miami. 

 

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