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Indicted Pitcher Roger Clemens Arrives At Federal Courthouse Four Hours Early

Roger Clemens adjusts his coat as he arrives at the U.S. District Court in Washington today, four hours before his scheduled arraignment. Mark Wilson/Getty hide caption

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You can admire him for his punctuality, at least...

According to the Bats blog, "Roger Clemens, the seven-time Cy Young Award winner, arrived at the E. Barrett Prettyman United States Courthouse more than four hours early for his 2 p.m. arraignment in federal court on criminal charges."

Clemens, who was indicted 11 days ago on charges that he lied to Congress about his performance-enhancing drug use, and his lawyer Rusty Hardin climbed out of a dark-colored S.U.V. that pulled in front of the courthouse.

With only a pair of news photographers there, Clemens took a second to put on a dark suit jacket before walking into the building. He said nothing as he walked in.

Earlier this month, Clemens was charged with one count of obstruction of Congress, three counts of making false statements, and two counts of perjury. He will appear before Judge Reggie Walton today.

The Houston Chronicle profiles Michael Attanasio, a member of the legal team that will represent Clemens in court:

"Attanasio is well known in the Southern California community of baseball agents and executives because of friendships he built through his father, Tony, a trailblazing agent who represented Bobby Valentine, Dave Stewart, Davey Lopes and Ichiro Suzuki," Jose de Jesus Ortiz reports.