Friday, May 18, 2007

Drama in the courtroom

Yet another example of real life looking like a made-for-TV courtroom drama. As you may know, Floyd Landis won the 2006 Tour de France and then tested positive for performance enhancing drugs. He now faces a two year ban from the sport and the loss of his title. Naturally, he denies doing anything wrong. So there's an arbitration hearing going on at Pepperdine University Law School. Landis's team hopes to show that the French lab that did the tests was hopelessly incompetent. The Mercury News reports that the:

... sleepy, scientific arbitration hearing turned into a pulp-fiction blockbuster Thursday, replete with revelations of sexual abuse, allegations of a threatening phone call and even a Donald Trump-style firing.

It came courtesy of Landis' fellow American Tour de France champion Greg LeMond, who disclosed he had been sexually abused as a child and received a call Wednesday from Landis' manager who threatened to reveal the secret if LeMond showed up to testify.

Shortly after LeMond dropped his bombshells, the manager, Will Geoghegan, walked up to LeMond, apologized and admitted he made the call, LeMond said. Which led to "You're fired" - the message Landis' lawyer, Maurice Suh, gave to Geoghegan while they were still standing in the hearing room.

Talk about courtroom drama! Its almost as compelling as the crucial courtroom scenes in a Perry Mason episode or the final courtroom scene in Witness for the Prosecution...! (Well, maybe not, but it does sound pretty dramatic!)

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