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Roger Clemens jury set, 10 women and 2 men

WASHINGTON (AP) - A jury of 10 women and two men will decide whether ex-baseball star Roger Clemens lied to Congress when he said he never used performance-enhancing drugs.

The jurors who took their seats Tuesday include a woman whose cousin, former outfielder Al Bumbry, was a coach for the Boston Red Sox when Clemens played for the team. Another woman on the jury said she believes Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Michael Vick was "done wrong" in his criminal conviction in connection with dogfighting.

Four other people were seated as alternate jurors in case any of the 12 can't serve.

Prosecutors and Clemens' defense team removed 20 people from the pool of 36 jurors, offering no public explanation for their decisions.

The jury took shape after four days of questioning by U.S. District Judge Reggie Walton and lawyers for both sides. Opening arguments are scheduled for Wednesday.

During the jury selection, the defense hinted the seven-time Cy Young Award winner won't testify.

Lawyer Rusty Hardin on Monday pressed potential jurors not to hold Clemens' silence against him, thus demonstrating the defense team is at least considering not putting the ex-pitcher on the stand.

Clemens watched without speaking during three days of intense questioning of 50 potential jurors that qualified 35 people for potential service. 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.

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 he's lying.

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