Palmeiro won't face perjury charges

Nov. 10, 2005 at 3:44 PM
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WASHINGTON, Nov. 10 (UPI) -- Baltimore Orioles slugger Rafael Palmeiro will not face perjury charges for testifying to Congress that he never took steroids.

The House Government Reform Committee announced Thursday Palmeiro would not be charged with lying in his sworn testimony in March, 10 days before he was suspended by baseball officials for testing positive for stanozolol, a steroid.

Palmeiro, 41, a four-time All-Star, said there might have been a problem with a Vitamin B-12 shot he was given by a teammate in April.

"Our investigation was solely concerned with perjury. We did not attempt to rejudicate Mr. Palmeiro's suspension," said Rep. Tom Davis, R-Va., in a statement issued by the committee.

"We were not concerned with why he tested positive or how he tested positive, except for how those facts related to his testimony before our committee on March 17."

Palmeiro declared for free agency at the end of last season.

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