Monday, July 9, 2012

Lance Armstrong Investigation: Lawsuit Dismissed Already!

Photo from CyclingNews
Wow, this has to be some sort of record. Within seven hours of Lance Armstrong's team filing a lawsuit against USADA, a federal judge has dismissed the claim! I mean, I don't know how the judge could read the 80 pages in much less than seven hours! Here is a great quote from the judge (courtesy CyclingNews):
"This Court is not inclined to indulge Armstrong's desire for publicity, self-aggrandizement or vilification of Defendants, by sifting through eighty mostly unnecessary pages in search of the few kernels of factual material relevant to his claims."
The Court claimed that the lawsuit filed earlier in the day contained "allegations" which were separate to the case and therefore "the Court must presume, were included solely to increase media coverage of this case, and to incite public opinion against Defendants."
A footnote on the documents states the following:
"Contrary to Armstrong's apparent belief, pleadings filed in the United States District Courts are not press releases, internet blogs, or pieces of investigative journalism. All parties, and their lawyers, are expected to comply with the rules of this Court, and face potential sanctions if they do not."
I guess this judge wants to be on recored that he isn't going to be intimidated or allow Lance's high-priced legal team use his court to bully USADA via public opinion...I don't know about you but I'd like to meet this guy!

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