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Congressional Hearing Questioned By Local Baseball Fans

While Roger Clemens testified on Capitol Hill, East Texas fans watched the television coverage. Many East Texans didn't understand why the steroids controversy wound up in Washington.

"If they want to do it, let them do it," Steve Smith said. "It's their life they're messing up."

"I don't think Congress should be worrying about baseball," Shane Pate said. "They've got more important things to worry about."

"I really don't think he's guilty," Luis Correa said. "I think this is just hurting baseball in the long run."

In Washington DC, Congressman Louie Gohmert agreed with East Texans.

"If somebody violated the law, they need to be indicted and given a trial. The best forum for getting to the facts of whether somebody did or didn't do something is not a media circus in the halls of Congress. It's in a courtroom, where there are rules of evidence. You can't just swing out an allegation, it's not hearsay, it's actual evidence that somebody did something wrong."

That's the worst forum to try and do something like that," he said, referring to today's public hearings.

Reid Kerr can be reached at rkerr@kltv.com.

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