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Justice Department Wants Cyclist Lance Armstrong to Pay for Lying about Performance-Enhancing Drugs

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Lance Armstrong has made a lot of money in cycling. 

Now the Justice Department wants some of that money and may sue Armstrong for allegedly profiting.

The Justice Department is going after cyclist Lance Armstrong, saying he defrauded the U.S. government by denying years of using performance-enhancing drugs, the Associated Press reports.

One of Armstrong’s long-time sponsors was the U.S. Postal Service, the AP wrote.

Speaking to an attorney familiar with the case, the AP reported that attorneys from both sides have been meeting in hopes of reaching a settlement.

However, the AP wrote, both sides disagree wildly on what’s owed.

Famed Cyclist Lance Armstrong Faces New Doping Charges

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

World-renowned cyclist Lance Armstrong faces dope charges that could lead to him losing his seven Tour de Frances titles, the New York Times reports.

The 40-year-old athlete, who has been accused of doping for more than a decade, dismissed the charges as “a witch hunt.”

If convicted, the United States Anti-Doping Agency could impose a lifetime ban on any sports that are signatories of the quasi-governmental organization that oversees antidoping efforts primarily in Olympic sports.  The U.S. Attorney in Los Angeles recently dropped any efforts to try and criminally charge him.

Armstrong is accused of using the blood-booster EPO, blood transfusions, testosterone, corticosteroids and other masking agents.

LA Feds End Probe into Lance Armstrong; No Charges Filed

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

After a two-year doping investigation that triggered plenty speculation and gossip, fed prosecutors in Los Angeles decided to end  their probe into Tour de France champ Lance Armstrong without filing charges, the Los Angeles Times reported.

The media relentlessly reported on the probe and the folks who appeared before the grand jury.

But on Friday, the U.S. Attorney’s office announced it was over.

The LA Times reported that U.S. Atty. Andre Birotte Jr. praised the work of investigators, but fell short of explaining why the probe ended in a whimper.

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Feds Respond to Leak Allegations by Lance Armstrong’s Attorneys

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Unless someone leaks it, we won’t know what federal prosecutors said in a sealed motion filed Monday in response to complaints by star cyclist Lance Armstrong’s attorneys, who say the feds leaked info about a grand jury probe into Armstrong and allegations of doping.

The Associated Press reported that LA U.S. Attorney’s Office spokesman Thom Mrozek said Monday prosecutors filed the response under seal to safeguard rules protecting grand jury secrecy.

Armstrong’s attorneys in July filed a motion complaining about the leaks reported in such publications as the Wall Street Journal and New York Times were harming Armstrong’s reputation, AP reported.

Armstrong’s lawyers want a judge to require federal agents to detail conversations with the media and hold officials in contempt for the leaks, AP reported.

As a last resort, they’ve want reporters to reveal their sources.

FBI Wants Colo. Restaurant Video of Confrontation Between Lance Armstrong and Ex-Teammate

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

The FBI has an interest in a French restaurant in Colorado — and not for the the Escargots à la Bourguignonne or “Loch Duart” Scottish Salmon on the menu.

The New York Times reports that FBI has requested surveillance video from the Aspen restaurant Cache Cache to look at a Saturday night confrontation between world-famous cyclist Lance Armstrong and former teammate Tyler Hamilton, who is a witness in a doping investigation targeting Armstrong.

Jodi Larner, a co-owner of the French restaurant, told the Times Tuesday that the FBI told her it would subpoena the surveillance tape.

The Times reported that investigators want to see if the confrontation amounted to witness tampering.

Ex-Teammate Who Testified in Fed Grand Jury Says Lance Armstrong Took Banned Drugs


By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

The doping case involving Tour de France champion Lance Armstrong — the subject of a federal grand jury in Los Angeles — is heating up.

A former teammate of Armstrong’s Tyler Hamilton told 60 Minutes that the international cycling authorities helped the legendary Armstrong cover up a positive test for the banned drug EPO in 2001.

Hamilton, who has testified before the grand jury, also told 60 Minutes that he saw Armstrong take banned drug and that he finally told his own family about the illegalities that had been going on.

“Well, I just told my family for the first time four days ago about all this. It was brutal. Was the first time, really, I confided in them and then told them the whole story, you know, starting from the first time I doped till to up through the end,” Hamilton told 60 Minutes correspondent Scott Pelley.

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Lance Armstrong’s Lawyer Complains of Leaks in L.A. Fed Grand Jury Probe

lance armstrongBy Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

The lawyer for seven-time Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong has sent off a letter to a Los Angeles federal prosecutor complaining about leaks in a grand jury probe into possible doping conspiracies involving Armstrong’s team, the Associated Press reported.

Lawyer Tim Herman wrote federal prosecutor Doug Miller of the L.A. Major Frauds Section, who is overseeing a grand jury probe, that it is “especially unfair to subject Mr. Armstrong to this continuing media blitz when he is in the middle of his final Tour de France”, according to the Associated Press.

“It is egregiously unfair and frustrating for New York reporters to have far more knowledge about this matter than Mr. Armstrong or his attorney,” Herman wrote, according to The AP.

The New York Daily News reported that the probe picked up in April when a former teammate of Armstrong admitted to doping and accused Armstrong and other riders and cycling officials of “complicity in performance-enhancing drug use and illegal blood transfusions.”

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