Federal judge asks for more time in Armstrong doping suit
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During a hearing Friday, Federal Judge Sam Sparks said he needs more information before he can proceed in a lawsuit filed by Livestrong Founder and champion cyclist, Lance Armstrong. Armstrong is fighting doping allegations brought against him by the United States Anti-Doping Agency.
Armstrong himself was not in court, but his attorneys say the anti-doping agency does not have jurisdiction to prosecute the seven-time Tour de France winner. Armstrong’s lawyers have filed a lawsuit against the agency, and asked the judge to throw out doping charges against him.
In court records, lawyers representing the famous cyclist write, "USADA is above the law, above court review, free from supervision from any person or organization and even above its own rules."
USADA attorneys admitted to Judge Sparks they have no blood sample proof that Armstrong used drugs during international-sanctioned races.
However, they did say up to 10 people are willing to testify the famous athlete did use drugs to better his race performance.
Judge Sparks countered their arguments saying, “I could not find any specifics reading the charges, not one name, not one date, not one specific allegation, except conspiracy. You make no factual examples."
The anti-doping agency is hoping to examine Armstrong’s performances, dating back to 1998. USADA accuses the Austin resident of using blood boosters as well as steroids during his Tour de France wins between 1999 to 2005.
Armstrong has been drug tested as many as 600 times, never testing positive for any illegal substances.
Austin Attorney Skip Davis represents athletes in doping cases. He says the judge has brought up legitimate legal concerns regarding USADA's case against the cycling champion.
"So that's another concern that the judge has, certainly Lance Armstrong has--they're relying on people who have an ax to grind, or of a great benefit that will be derived from helpful testimony that they will not be prosecuted that hard," Davis said.
Each side now has seven days to finalize their case before the judge will issue a ruling.
In found guilty by the anti-doping agency, Armstrong could be banned from cycling for life.