According to the LA Times (and several other sources) Lance Armstrong has escaped federal prosecution in relation to his doping offenses.
Federal prosecutors in Los Angeles announced Friday they were closing an investigation into “allegations of federal criminal conduct” by members and associates of a racing team owned by cyclist Lance Armstrong.
No charges will be filed, officials said.
U.S. Atty Andre Birotte Jr. said the announcement was warranted due to reports in media outlets about the investigation. Attorneys representing Armstrong have previously filed papers in federal court alleging illegal leaks by federal agents about a secret grand jury investigation.
In all honesty, I can’t say I’m surprised. With the way the courts have gone in the Bonds and Clemens cases, it was only a matter of time before the Lance case got tossed.
Do I feel bad about it? Not really. Doping was a part of the sport during his winning years, and that’s a fact. We can’t escape that fact and prosecuting people now does nothing to change things. What bothers me more is the amount of federal funds wasted in pursuing a case like this. How much was spent I doubt we’ll find out any time soon, but nothing the government does is cheap, so I can’t imagine this is an exception.
Oh well, that’s the way the chips fell. Time to move on…