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by Shane Stokes
November 30, 2017
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Lance Armstrong’s attempt to block longtime critics Greg LeMond and Betsy Andreu from testifying against him in a government’s $100 million civil fraud lawsuit has failed, with a federal judge ruling that the two can be part of the trial.
U.S. District Judge Christopher Cooper made the ruling on Tuesday. “While Armstrong argues that these two ‘combustible witnesses’ should be excluded on Rule 403 grounds (for prejudiced testimony), he has not persuaded the Court that either witness’s testimony would be unduly prejudicial,” Cooper stated, according to USA Today.
Cooper granted a request by Armstrong that his legal team can compel former teammate Floyd Landis to appear in the witness stand and question him on limited matters. “The Court agrees that Landis can be called to testify about PED use by USPS riders other than Armstrong, which is relevant to Armstrong’s statute of limitations defence,” Cooper wrote. “Depending on the substance of Landis’s testimony, the Court will allow Armstrong some opportunity to impeach him on grounds of bias or truthfulness.”
Landis originally triggered the whistleblower lawsuit after he went public in 2010 about Armstrong’s doping. The US Government later joined him in that case, saying that Armstrong defrauded team sponsor the US Postal Service when he lied about racing clean.
Meanwhile Cooper turned down a federal government request to stop Armstrong from using his a so-called ‘everybody was doing it defence’ to explain his use of doping. The government had argued earlier this year that if allowed, such a defence would mislead the jury. It said that he should not be allowed to “put the entire sport of cycling on trial.” However Cooper said that some evidence about the use of doping in cycling was permissible to be heard in the case.
Click here and here to read more at USA Today.