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April 8th, 2009 · No Comments


A former champion bicycle racer who was convicted of lying in a sports steroids probe has lost a bid to a federal judge in San Francisco for a new trial.

U.S. District Judge Susan Illston on Monday turned down cyclist Tammy Thomas’s claim that her trial last year was unfair because prosecutors failed to give her defense attorneys some potentially favorable evidence.

Thomas, 39, is one of 11 people charged in a probe that began with an investigation of steroids distribution by the Bay Area Laboratory Co-Operative, or BALCO.

Ten of the defendants, including Thomas, have pleaded guilty or have been convicted of either lying in the probe or distributing steroids.

The 11th defendant is former San Francisco Giants slugger and home-run champion Barry Bonds, whose trial on perjury charges is on hold while prosecutors appeal a ruling on what evidence they can use.

Thomas was convicted in the Illston’s court last year of three counts of making false statements about her steroid use and one count of obstructing justice in grand jury testimony in 2003. Illston sentenced her to six months of home confinement.

In her motion for a new trial, Thomas argued that she should have been given a 145-page government report that included information on an allegation that the chief investigator in the BALCO case, Jeff Novitsky, was considering a book deal.

But Illston said the possible book deal was a rumor reported by a Playboy magazine writer and was later denied by Novitsky. She said the information would not have made a difference to the jury in Thomas’s trial.

Thomas is also pursuing an appeal to the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

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