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Schmooze Cruise

Publication Date: 
February 10, 2008
Source: 
Newsday
Author: 
Jim Baumbach

Professor Henry T. "Hank" Greely is quoted in Newsday about his thoughts on Roger Clemens' congressional hearing:

"It's not illegal or unethical, but it's certainly unseemly," said Hank Greely, a Stanford law professor who is considered an expert on ethics and doping. "I think it's very unwise for the members of the Congress to let themselves be put into a position where their impartiality can be questioned, particularly before they know what's exactly going to come out in the meeting."

Greely, in a telephone interview with Newsday yesterday, was particularly taken aback by public comments that made it appear as if some officials already had made up their minds.

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"It seems to me to be a foolish thing for a member of Congress to do this when it could really come back and bite them," Greely said. "It looks really bad. The members of Congress want to be seen in the role of unbiased seekers of truth, but meetings like this really undercut that image, the position they like to present themselves in."

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"It seems to me to be a foolish thing for a member of Congress to do this when it could really come back and bite them," Greely said. "It looks really bad. The members of Congress want to be seen in the role of unbiased seekers of truth, but meetings like this really undercut that image, the position they like to present themselves in."

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Greely added: "This just seems foolish to me, risky. Presumably, they really did believe him or else they wouldn't go out on the limb. But one thing you learn very quickly when you watch trials is that people can be very convincing and not be telling the truth. I have no idea whether Clemens is telling the truth or not, but I sure wouldn't trust myself after a private meeting with a celebrity to have a good assessment. I wouldn't put any confidence into my ability to determine whether he was telling the truth or not."

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Greely, however, is looking ahead and wondering how this will affect the congressmen's line of questioning Wednesday.